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June 1931

The Evolution of Clinical Nosography: Medicine in Modern Times.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(6):987-988. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140240160016

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So few changes have been made in the text of the second edition of this interesting and stimulating book on the history of clinical description that the reader may properly be referred to the original review (Arch. Int. Med. 33:532 [April] 1924). A few paragraphs have been lengthened, and a few lines withdrawn. In chapter 4, reference is made to Widal's early emphasis on the value of spinal puncture, and Widal's portrait has been added. In chapter 5 (Functional Diagnosis), new material on metabolic tests replaces two pages of the 1923 edition. Unfortunately, the index has not been changed to correspond; certain names that have been dropped from the text are still carried in the index of the second edition. The format of the book has been substantially improved. The work may again be recommended to clinicians and students for its emphasis on a comprehensive view in the clinical delineation

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