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September 1967

Differential Diagnosis, ed 2.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(3):379-380. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300030121029

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The objective of this book is "to present an integrated differential diagnosis of selected symptoms and signs in telegraphic style," (whatever that means). The book is made up of tables of causes and discussions of 79 disorders ranging from "Abdominal Distention" to "Weakness." Generally, only one reference appears at the end of each discussion. There is a table of contents but no index.

In his attempt to give a practical clinical approach to the diagnostic problem at hand, the author fails to consider many important possibilities. To be specific, he does not mention pheochromocytoma as a source of increased appetite and weight loss, amyloidosis as a systemic disease producing dysphagia, nonfamilial idiopathic cardiomyopathy as a cause of cardiac enlargement, hypercalcemia as a basis for nausea and vomiting, pulmonary thromboembolism as a process responsible for fainting, or thallium intoxication as a reason for alopecia. And there are others.

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