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This work differs from the usual medical textbook in that its plan of organization is based on the presenting symptoms of disease, instead of the usual grouping by etiological factors and body tracts. This allows emphasis to be given to differential diagnosis. In his introduction to the first edition, the author states: "The subject will be approached from the standpoint of symptomatology. The principle throughout will consist of tracing from effect (symptoms) to cause (the morbid cause in operation)."
This system has been well carried out. The book is much more coherent and readable than most books on differential diagnosis,
A System of Clinical Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;7:1461. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-11-1461
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1934;7(11):1461.
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