First published in 1912, French's Index of Differential Diagnosis helps clinicians in the differential diagnosis of any condition which may be seen in hospital or general practice. Arranged alphabetically by symptom, the text helps readers identify each presentation, describes the different diagnoses that it could represent, and explains the tests used to make a diagnosis. Colour clinical photographs help with diagnoses at a glance.
The book is completely revised – many sections are largely rewritten, new ones added, diagnostic methods updated, many old illustrations replaced and others inserted. The emphasis, however, remains the same: the importance of a careful history, detailed clinical examination and the judicious use of laboratory and imaging investigations in the elucidation of the correct diagnosis. This reference is indispensable to medical students as well as trainee and established doctors in both general and hospital practice.
Mark Kinirons, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPI, FRCP, consultant physician and honorary senior lecturer, Department of Ageing and Health, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK
Harold Ellis, CBE, DM, MCh, FRCS, emeritus professor of surgery, Division of Anatomy, Cell and Human Biology, Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Biomedical Sciences, London, UK
"The shear depth and breadth of material covered here, makes it ideal for both GPs and their registrars… It is an excellent collection of very readable medical information presented in a readable format. It is also surprisingly comprehensive and is well put together. Although it has an impressive pedigree from yesteryear, it is certainly up to the challenge of helping the modern physician. Equally it also represents good value for money and would be a very useful addition to a medical bookshelf." - Dr Harry Brown, Glycosmedia