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February 1964

Principles of Internal Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(2):299-300. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280080135027

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When this book arrived my first thought was, "Good Heavens! What a weight!" I carried it to the kitchen and put it on the scales. It weighs eight and a half pounds. It can be bought in two volumes, and it would be worth paying the higher price to get it in that form; when I tried to read it in bed I found the pressure on my abdomen was intolerable.

The arrangement of the beginning part of the book is very good. Instead of plunging straight into details of any particular disease, the first part contains chapters on "The Approach to the Patient" and "The Physician's Responsibility," and the second part consists of forty-five chapters on the "Cardinal Manifestations of Disease": chest pain, abdominal pain, fever, changes in weight, and so on.

I looked in the chapter on changes in weight to see if the myth of there being

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