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The editors of this large, expensive volume have assembled, unimaginatively, a well-written but incomplete textbook of medicine. Three hundred thirty-two authors (for less than 900 pages of actual text) could not be expected to produce coherence. Examples of individual excellence abound, particularly Palmer's, "Dysphagia, Esophagitis, and Esophageal Obstruction," and Nutall's, "Hyperthyroidism."
"Interpretation of Laboratory Values," R. B. Conn's introductory chapter, presents a number of critical problems in laboratory diagnosis clearly and thoughtfully: It deserves a careful reading. I cannot, however, agree with the laboratory-oriented fiat, "The dictum that laboratory results do not fit the clinical diagnosis should be discarded is
Current Diagnosis.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:429. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-2-429_1
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