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April 1965

The Differential Diagnosis of Diarrhea.

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By Sherman M. Mellinkoff, MD. Price, $16. Pp 366, with illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 330 W 42nd St, New York 10036, September, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(4):507. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860160133032

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This small monograph consists of 11 essays in depth focusing on the single symptom of diarrhea. The editor and nine other authors discuss all aspects of this problem. The chapters vary from 14 to 94 pages in length, and each presents an orderly discussion of their topic with repetitions and the overlap of other sections largely removed. Most chapters are richly enhanced by charts, appendices of methods, reproductions of significant charts from the literature, or clear x-rays.

Separate chapters on viral, bacterial, and other organisms producing diarrhea are extremely well done. Each reviews systematically the many etiological agents associated with diarrhea and pertinent examples of disease and diagnostic methods are provided. Nonspecific inflammatory disease, toxins, metabolic diseases, neoplasms, and malabsorption in children and adults are the basis of well-written chapters. Separate chapters are directed toward the problem on nonabdominal and occult causes of diarrhea, diarrhea in infants and children, and

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