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The seventh edition of "Index of Differential Diagnosis" is a volume containing a tremendous amount of material with many beautiful illustrations. All fields of medicine are covered, and symptoms and signs are discussed in alphabetical order. In certain instances, the method of performing simple laboratory procedures is described.
Despite the efforts of the new editor and col~tributors to produce a worthwhile volume, this reviewer is disappointed in the book.
Terminology is not up to date. In the section on anemias, there is a long discussion on the value of the color index, but no mention is made of the importance of mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, or mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. The Coornbs test is not listed in the description of hemolytic anemias.
In discussing ascites, chronic peritonitis, excluding tuberculous peritonitis, is stressed as art important entity. The statement is made that in patients with cirrhosis of the liver, if repeated abdominal tappings are necessary
Index of Differential Diagnosis. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(4):511–512. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110601023
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