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Books, Journals,New Media
February 16, 2005

Physical Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(7):870-875. doi:10.1001/jama.293.7.871

Today’s clinical environment challenges health care professionals to find a medical resource that can deliver timely, effective diagnostic information. DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination has served as an authoritative physical diagnosis guide for more than 40 years. The late Dr Elmer L. DeGowin’s hand-drawn work, along with additional diagrams, continues to illustrate the illnesses and appropriate methods of bedside examination.

This book is unrivaled in its comprehensive scope of differential diagnoses, organized by systems, signs, and symptoms. Looking up a sign or symptom leads to an extensive list of potential causes. When relevant, diagnostic imaging and laboratory values are mentioned within the description of the illnesses. The concise pathophysiologies provide insight into the etiology of the medical conditions.

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