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November 15, 1952

Differentialdiagnose innerer Krankheiten: Eine kurzgefasste Darstellung für Arzte und Studierende.

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Von Dr. Robert Hegglin, Privatdozent an der Universität Zürich. Cloth. 49.80 marks. Pp. 454, with 220 illustrations. Georg Thieme, Diemershaldenstrasse 47 (14a) Stuttgart O; agents for U. S. A., Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(11):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110101037

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This volume is the work of a pupil of Otto Naegli and Wilhelm Löffler, to whom the book is dedicated. It is a brief presentation of differential diagnosis for practitioners and students. The author discusses in his foreword the general principles on which the work is based. He holds that in the last analysis every diagnosis is differential. He emphasizes the necessity of a sound knowledge of the etiology and pathogenesis of disease and the importance of knowing the relative incidence of the common and rare diseases, their seasonal relationships, and the significance of such factors as age, sex, race, geographic distribution, and the patient's habits, occupation, and bodily and mental makeup. In brief, he recognizes the vital necessity of a good history and an adequate physical examination, although he by no means disparages appropriate technical aids. The work is arranged in chapters in which the common presenting symptoms and

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