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May 1968

French's Index of Differential Diagnosis

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Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(5):634-635. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010636021

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Reading French's Differential Diagnosis has been a new experience for me. I was not sure how one should go about such a task; it is not my habit to read encyclopedias. My first attempt was to try to use the volume by asking a question and looking for the answer. This turned out to be unsatisfactory because my questions usually hinged upon etiology and French's is a volume dealing mainly with manifestations. The only recourse, then, was the simple one of starting at the beginning. If every page was not read, each was fingered. The format can be dispensed with as displaying the expected British excellence of composition. This edition has 1,034 pages compared to 1,111 pages in the previous one. This is because the present volume has been entirely reset and the use of double columns to the page greatly improves readability. There are now 812 illustrations compared

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