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March 1976

Curiosa (A Miscellany of Clinical and Pathological Experiences)

Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(3):376. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630030100033

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This delightful volume is one of three volumes (two others, Exotica and Memorata) in a series that is a collection "of unusual clinical and pathological experiences, presented for the interest of doctors engaged in any field of medicine and, with no base motive, occasionally for their entertainment." The spectrum of topics is quite broad, ranging from relatively universal common diseases to tropical diseases that occur outside endemic areas that may or may not be uncommon, depending upon the geographical location of the reader. Also included are political, legal, humanitarian, philosophical, and educational issues that are presented with acknowledged bias, and also, as promised, with a generous dose of humor. The conclusions and postcripts of many of the vignettes are quite surprising, and the tales are told with skillful suspense. Finally, the theme recurrent throughout the book is that one should maintain sufficient humility and curiosity to learn from the unusual

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