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The scope, weight, and format are much the same as the preceding 16th edition. A new part on principles of diagnosis brings cursory discussions of matters central to clinical medicine and hence seems hardly worth the small amount of space given to its topics. The clinically most useful additions are the section on occupational and environmental medicine and the chapter on the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The difficulties in putting together such an encyclopedic text are reflected in omissions of developments that surfaced many months back; an example is the lack of mention of the causal organism for Lyme disease, Borrelia
Cecil Textbook of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:486. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-486_3
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