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The author's intent was to provide a systemic approach to the diagnosis of localized diseases by tabular grouping of signs and symptoms and an illustrated case report manual comparing one disease state with another. The premise is that "diagnosis is an orderly and logical gathering and interpretation of facts." No one could disagree with the intent of the author. Unfortunately, good intentions do not guarantee a successful outcome. The result here is an oversimplified listing of major signs and symptoms, coupled with an incomplete, misleading, and potentially dangerous differential diagnostic compilation. For example, cardiomegaly with chest pain is myocardial infarction;
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Illustrated Diagnosis of Localized Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. 1975;82:438. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-3-438_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(3):438.
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