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August 29, 1959

Differentialdiagnose innerer Krankheiten: Eine kurzgefasste Darstellung für Ärzte und Studierende

JAMA. 1959;170(18):2261-2262. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010180113030

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This handsome handbook has an impressive record of professional acceptance. Since 1952 it has gone through five previous editions and has been translated into Spanish and Italian. The third revision of the latter is now in preparation. The reasons for this success are clear as soon as one scans the first few pages. Not only is it a splendid example of printing and of the reproduction of medical illustrations but the text is distinguished by thoroughly modern viewpoints as well as by lucidity of style.

The feat of covering so vast a field as internal medicine in something less than 800 pages is accomplished by an excellent scheme of organization. After a section on general considerations pertaining to differential diagnosis, such as the causes of error, the influence of weather, age, sex, geography, race, and occupation, the author discusses the diagnostic possibilities in each of the following symptom groups: anemias,

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