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July 1930

The Essentials of Medical Diagnosis.

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By Sir Thomas Horder, K.C.V.O., M.D., F.R.C.P. (London), and A. E. Gow, M.D., F.R.C.P. (London). Price, $5.00. Pp. 682. New York: William Wood & Company, 1929.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;46(1):163-164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140130170013

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The preface to this book gives an excellent discussion of the problems involved in the teaching of beginning clinical medicine and physical diagnosis. It is emphasized by the authors that differential diagnosis must be thought of very early in the examination of the patient, and the entire book is developed along this idea. The book is divided according to systems, beginning with the nervous system, to which at least one fourth of the entire space is devoted, as might be expected in an English text. Then come the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the blood and blood-forming organs, the joints, the ductless glands, the skin and its appendages and a short chapter on pyrexia. Emphasis is placed on all practical clinical points, and little space is given to theoretical aspects. The arrangement of the book is good, in which the discussion proceeds from anatomy,

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