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The painstaking character of the author's previous works would naturally lead the reader to expect a continuation of his attention to the "little things" of chest diagnosis. A perusal of the book here presented has not been disappointing in this regard. The author, however, admits that certain critics have accused him of a too excessive attention to detail. In defense, as it were, the saying of Bumke is quoted: "In every field of research are noted at first only the grosser or more obvious facts, while the finer matters of detail are only discovered later when the powers of observation have become much more sharpened." If this book does nothing else, it insists on the closest attention to everything that can lead to a correct diagnosis. Neumann, in his preface, cites the frequent error of physicians who, finding a slight rise in pitch over one apex, concentrate on that slight
Die Klinik der Tuberkulose Erwachsener.. JAMA. 1930;95(11):819-820. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110055034