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March 9, 1984

The Physician's Book of Lists

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia, Pa

JAMA. 1984;251(10):1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340340067031

The first Book of Lists was witty and novel, and it seems amazing that it appeared just a few years ago. Lists of all kinds have proliferated ever since. My daily newspaper carries lists with athletic overtones sent in by sports fans.

The need to remember related data and the penchant for mnemonics make physicians a logical target for a compendium of lists. The compilers of this book have collected 187 lists, grouped them into ten sections, and published them as a portable paperback volume. They admit to paring down the potential lists that might have made the book ten times as large and hardly portable. This book, therefore, represents their selection, although they invite readers to send favorite lists for possible inclusion in future editions.

One can readily think of lists of salient symptoms that permit syndromic diagnoses, but if all of these were to be included, the book