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January 25, 1941

Essentials of the Diagnostic Examination

JAMA. 1941;116(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820040088040

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This is a dapper little volume, well printed on thin paper and of such size, shape and weight as to fit conveniently into one's pocket or bag. It is unpretentious. The essentials of the diagnostic examination are described, history taking in sixteen pages, physical examination in 142 pages and laboratory tests in the remaining 218 pages. On first sight this spacing of the material may appear unusual and as if undue emphasis was placed on the laboratory and too little on history taking. Such is not the case. One cannot tell how to take a good history beyond suggesting bare outlines. The technic of physical examination is easier to describe and certainly the author outlines the methods of physical examination in a satisfactory manner, including a common sense, easily understandable description of neurologic examination. The laboratory manual part of the book must have been the least interesting to write. It

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