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March 2, 1957

Practitioners' Conferences Held at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Volume 5

JAMA. 1957;163(9):793. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970440089031

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This volume deals with 14 topics, each discussed by a different panel of specialists. The discussions were transcribed verbatim and edited to bring them up to date. The dialogue style of writing, along with the differences of opinion expressed, result in a pleasant learning experience that is the closest approach to the bedside type of teaching available to physicians distant from a major medical center. The discussions are not of the rare conditions that the practicing physician seldom sees but include such practical problems as sinusitis, essential hypertension, factors concerned with abnormal coagulation and thrombosis, electrolytic balance in relation to surgery, and acute medical emergencies. At the end of each chapter there is a summary, following which there is a list of applicable references.

The discussion of pitfalls in laboratory diagnosis deserves special mention. This conference demonstrates that no laboratory test is pathognomonic of any disease, and specific examples are

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