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In its fifth edition, this outstanding book has been greatly expanded and revised. Professor Hoff has called in collaborating authors in some of the special fields of internal medicine. Hematology, endocrinology and metabolism are dealt with in more detail.
Of especial interest is the attempt to break away from the concept of localized pathology in favor of a broad understanding of a disease process involving the organism as a whole (Ganzheitsmedizin). A valuable chapter is that entitled Steuerungseinrichtigungen (i.e., Mechanisms of Regulation).
The book is up-to-date. The adequate bibliography shows that foreign publications were incorporated. The point of view is
Klinische Physiologie und Pathologie.. Ann Intern Med. ;48:1153. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-5-1153
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