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This edition appears within five years of the first edition, clearly indicating its popularity. The 26 contributors are all well known and have long been recognized for their leadership in the fields in which they are interested. According to the preface of the first edition, this book is intended to give the basis for analysis and interpretation of some of the commonest symptoms that bring patients to the physician. Emphasis is placed on the pathological physiology of the symptoms, which is correlated with other symptoms and with physical and laboratory evidence. The authors have succeeded remarkably well in following this principle, so that most persons if not everyone will agree with the opening sentence in the preface to the second edition, which reads: "This book approaches diagnosis in the same manner as the physician must when he is confronted by an ailing patient." Those who are familiar with the contents
Signs and Symptoms: Applied Pathologic Physiology and Clinical Interpretation. JAMA. 1952;150(14):1442. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680140080035
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