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January 1963

Symptom Diagnosis

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(1):125. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620250129023

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Symptom Diagnosis attempts to offer a differential checklist which the examining physician can match against the patient's symptoms. The book is intended only for quick references and probably is of value only when supplemented by other definitive medical texts. For physicians who attempt to see patients and their symptoms as part of a total dynamic process, this book may not have great appeal nor more than occasional usefulness. For the general practitioner seeing a large number of patients it should be very useful in formulating quickly a complete differential diagnosis.

The book is divided into anatomical sections, and these sections are further sub-divided into symptoms. Under each symptom there follows a list of diseases which may be responsible for such a symptom. A short description of each disease is also offered. Another section of the book is given over to "general symptoms" which are not peculiar to a particular anatomical

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