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The first thought of the reviewer was to question the need for such a book. The yearly issue of Current Therapy was well known and a most useful rapid reference. Somehow it seemed perfectly proper to be current about such a changeable situation as therapy, but there were already many good texts on diagnosis. Why should Current Diagnosis be written as a biennial project? The editorial statement was more reassuring; the principal aim was to assist the physician to cope with one of the most difficult and yet most common of all problems in medicine, the patient with atypical symptoms, misleading signs, and a clinical picture produced by a combination of diseases. Appropriate guidance to the most useful diagnostic studies was to be emphasized. Authors had been asked to avoid involved discussions of differential diagnosis and long lists of possibilities, and reliance was to be placed on cross references from
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