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March 28, 1931

L'auscultation dans le diagnostic de la tuberculose pleuropulmonaire. Par René Burnand.

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Préface du Professeur F. Bezançon. Paper. Price, 40 francs. Pp. 195, with 51 illustrations. Paris: Masson & Cie, 1930.

JAMA. 1931;96(13):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390110027

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This careful work on physical diagnosis carries a preface by Professor Bezançon, who voices a protest, which seems to be as necessary in France as it is in America, against the tendency of many medical men to place a high value on roentgen diagnosis to the exclusion—or limitation—of careful stethoscopy. Burnand considers that the medical profession has forgotten the finer distinctions of physical sign description developed by our elders in the art. He admits that perhaps briefer and broader formulas have been gained but thinks that while these attain a greater simplicity they fail in large measure to mirror correctly the realities. It is necessary, therefore, to revive and reform our stethoscopy as well as to restate our conceptions. Nevertheless, Burnand would in no degree deprecate the use of the x-ray film. Laboratory methods are of inestimable value but should not be accorded full superiority in diagnosis. The author has

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