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May 4, 1912

A Handbook of Medical Diagnosis in Four Parts.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(18):1406. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050082033

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The popularity of this work was shown by the fact that a second edition was required in less than four months after the publication of the first. Fourteen months were allowed to elapse between the publication of the second and third edition, but even in this time a number of important advances have necessitated the rewriting of several articles and many paragraphs, together with a considerable number of minor alterations. The work presents, in a convenient form, the essentials of medical diagnosis, both clinical and laboratory. The work is well supplied with helpful illustrations, but the author very justly states his objection to the suggestion of some junior teachers in regard to the freer use of diagrams and parallel column tables in the differential diagnosis of diseases. As he says, this does not andcannot conform to the varying facts of nature and the parallel columns that do not and cannot

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