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January 28, 1928

The Methods of Clinical Diagnosis.

JAMA. 1928;90(4):316. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690310068039

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"The object of this book is to supply the student unqualified and qualified with a short practical guide to the fundamentals of diagnosis." It accomplishes this purpose so far as it gives an adequate description of the methods of examination both clinical and laboratory; but not nearly enough emphasis is laid on the importance of the history taking, only three and a half pages being devoted to this topic. A proper emphasis is put on the fact that a physician should depend largely on his ability to inspect, palpate, percuss and auscultate accurately in the making of diagnoses and relegate the laboratory and mechanical aids to a place of secondary importance. This is an excellent feature in a modern textbook, as the recent graduate of this day is all too prone to think that he must have a complete roentgen-ray and clinical laboratory and other technical assistance before he may

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