The Complete Patient History. Problem-Oriented Medical Diagnosis. By Krayman Maurice. pages. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1979. Price, $9.95. Second edition. Edited by Friedman H. Harold. pages. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1979. Price, $12.50.

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Abstract

In The Complete Patient History the main clinical manifestations of disease (such as dyspnea, weight loss, headache) are outlined in 49 chapters with regard to pathophysiology, causes, proper lines of inquiry in history-taking, related physical and laboratory findings, and particularly useful diagnostic clues. Small number of references for each chapter. Mainly useful as a reminder text; signs and symptoms are not rationalized by mechanism.

Problem-Oriented Medical Diagnosis, a similar but multi-authored manual, is far more detailed, largely because of its close and thorough discussions of the proper choice and sequential use of diagnostic tests. It is the preferred text even

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