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November 15, 1930

A Manual of Normal Physical Signs.

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By Wyndham B. Blanton, B.A., M.A., M.D., Assistant Professor in Medicine, Medical College of Virginia. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 246, with 49 illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1930.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200065041

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This small volume contains much information in tabular form and many diagrams of the location of organs with relation to the surface of the body. The material comprises only the normal physical signs. Under the lymphatic system, for example, there are tables showing what part of the head each group of glands drains. The parotid nodes drain the scalp, the middle ear and the chin. The axillary nodes drain the arm, the chest wall, the abdominal wall and the hand and breast. There are similar tables showing what lymph nodes drain other areas of the body. Under the subject of blood pressure there are brief tabulated definitions of fundamental terms such as pulse pressure, mean tension, hypotension, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. The technic of taking blood pressure and the factors that cause it to vary are listed and so on through all parts of a physical examination.

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