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I haven't had occasion to use a textbook of differential diagnosis since the unlamented demise of the clinicopathologic conference (CPC) in the institutions where I teach and practice. It seemed to me its primary use was to afford a broad list of possible diagnoses to apply to some abstruse clinical problem usually encountered by a clinician challenged by some intellectual exercise such as the CPC. Reference to such a work helped insure the physician against the embarrassment of failing to include in his differential diagnosis that disease to which the subject patient of the CPC had succumbed. I don't recall
Differential Diagnosis. The Interpretation of Clinical Evidence.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:840–841. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-840_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):840-841.
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