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July 13, 1964

Clinical Diagnosis: A Textbook of Physical Signs and Symptoms for Medical Students and Practitioners

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1964;189(2):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020096043

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In a concise but surprisingly comprehensive work, Dr. Vakil describes and illustrates many well-known symptoms and signs in physical diagnosis as well as a number of those which are somewhat less common. The volume is noteworthy for two reasons. First, the author has considered in each case how symptoms relate to disease states and their physical findings. This logical approach is not frequently utilized in many textbooks of physical diagnosis. Second, he describes a variety of special techniques for eliciting disease signs. In speaking of myxedema, for example, he notes the slow return of the ankle tendon reflex, a less commonly appreciated but valuable physical sign. Such basic items are generously sprinkled through the book. Liberal use of photographs and simple line diagrams have complemented the text.

The volume is unique in emphasizing diseases widespread in India. For this reason, the book is recommended especially for students and physicians going

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