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December 10, 1887

Manual of Clinical Diagnosis.

JAMA. 1887;IX(24):768. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400230032016

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This little book is what its name signifies, a manual of clinical diagnosis. It is not limited to the narrow field of physical diagnosis, but considers all that pertains to symptomatology. It is without doubt one of the very best books devoted to this subject. We have been led to expect of German writers a very diffuse treatment of this subject, but the book before us creates pleasurable surprise at finding it a model of compactness and detail. This constitutes one of its chief advantages. In reading it we have been constantly more and more pleased with the information and at the way in which it is told us. Some statements we would like to see modified, but they are not of prime practical importance. For instance, of Curschmann's spiral threads in sputa the authors say they "are observed in capillary bronchitis and bronchial asthma." To be sure, they occur

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