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September 15, 1934

Précis de sémiologie médicale appliquée

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Par M. Chiray, professeur agrégé à la Faculté de médecine de Paris, et P. Chêne, médecin assistant à l'Hôpital Saint-Antoine. Cloth. Price, 75 francs. Pp. 607, with 354 illustrations. Paris: Masson & Cie, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(11):865. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750370069040

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One of the contrasts between many of the French and English medical textbooks and the German and American ones is the condensation and smaller size of the former. There is probably a place for both types of books, the shorter serving as a more readable introduction to the subject, the latter usually being much superior as a book of reference. The book under review is of handy size and aims to be an introduction to medical symptomatology. The ground covered is amazing. Physiologic, anatomic, pathologic, clinical, roentgenographic and laboratory considerations are evoked for each of the systems of the body. Fever, alterations of the general state, skin diseases, syphilis and endocrine disorders are discussed. Considering the extensive nature of the subject, the book is remarkably accurate. As an introduction to medical students just entering their clinical years, such a book as this should be valuable. The obvious danger is that

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