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The latest edition of this well known English work follows the plan originally adopted by its author. Disease is approached much as it must be approached at the bedside. The chapter on diseases of the heart and pericardium will serve as an example. In this section, following a sketch of the physiologic anatomy concerned, the real subject is taken up. Part A gives as the cardinal symptoms of heart disease in general, breathlessness, dropsy and cyanosis. To these, other symptoms are added, which, along with the three cardinal symptoms are briefly discussed. Part B deals with the physical examination, and special methods of investigation such as the use of the electrocardiograph. Data have thus been collected by which to arrive at a classification of the disease found, its diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, which are the subjects of part C. Agnes Savill signs the preface to the present edition, and credits
A System of Clinical Medicine. Dealing with the Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment of Disease for Students and Practitioners.. JAMA. 1926;87(7):513. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680070059037