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December 1955

Pediatric Diagnosis.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(6):836. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250170142025

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This volume on pediatric diagnosis is arranged for use as a short, ready reference. The first chapter, which is entitled "The Pediatric History," suggests that the history should be chiefly in the nature of an interview for the purpose of eliciting evidence of disturbed psychologic or psychiatric status. It might have been better had it been inserted later in the volume as a set of remarks bearing on the psychosomatic aspects of pediatrics. The authors approach differential diagnosis on the basis, first, of physical findings and, secondly, of signs or symptoms. Systematic examination of the anatomic parts and organs of the body is suggested to reveal important abnormalities, developmental disturbances, and acquired pathologic states.

Emphasis is placed on the more recently recognized importance of growth and development as well as on psychic factors and disturbances, and these receive special treatment in several sections.

The insertion of references immediately after the

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