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December 7, 1984

The Medical Book of Lists: A Primer of Differential Diagnosis in Internal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Summit, NJ

JAMA. 1984;252(21):3027. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350210069043

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It was inevitable that the popular Book of Lists should spawn similar efforts. Besides the many newspapers devoted to such lists, there are now two books of lists for medical doctors. This is The Medical Book of Lists, to be distinguished from the earlier The Physician's Book of Lists (JAMA 1984;251:1339).

The compilers, from the Kansas University Medical Center (where two served as chief residents; the senior author is the Peter T. Bohan Professor of Medicine) have refined the list method for clinical application. This book grew out of the morning reports, where rapid differential diagnoses were reviewed for the diagnostic problems that arose during the previous 24 hours in the medical wards. Thus, the major problems encountered are addressed, as well as diagnostic studies to establish diagnoses. This is clearly an internist's book; neurology is scanted, only differential diagnosis of coma and of meningitis being included. Surgical problems are