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The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

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Thirteenth Edition. Edited by Berkow Robert, Talbott John H.. . 2165 pages. Merck & Company, Inc., Rahway, New Jersey: , 1977.. Price, $9.75.

Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(6):852. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-88-6-852_5
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A thoroughly revised and slightly but carefully expanded edition of what may be the world's best known and most widely used handbook of medicine—among lawyers, news reporters, and hypochondriacs, in addition to physicians and nurses. Recent developments in diagnostic method and drug treatment are fully reflected in the new content. The editors and authors have not followed the advice of Alexander Pope to "Be not . . . the last to lay the old aside" and have failed to prune out ruthlessly some details in pathophysiology, pathogenesis, and diagnosis that are not definitive for clinical analysis and decision; the temptation


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