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The primary physician endures daily a deluge of dubious data. Even if there were enough time to read the pertinent literature, it would be difficult to evaluate the material. And so year after year he seeks a reliable, current, concise summary of medicine. These publications, all different in scope and purpose, attempt to fill this void but do so incompletely and with various degrees of reliability.
The problem, as stated by Dr. R. B. Taylor in Common Problems in Office Practice, is that "a disproportionate share of medical writings is devoted to exotic disease and not enough space for diagnosis
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The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.. Ann Intern Med. ;79:477–478. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-477_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):477-478.
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