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In this volume the importance and significance of the results of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation are presented systematically. The methods of physical examination are not described and nothing is said about history taking or laboratory observations. Stethoscopes, sphygmographs and sphygmomanometers are almost the only instruments mentioned. A general and historical introduction is followed by a comprehensive statement of the significance of general physical characteristics, types of growth, height, weight and habitus. The description of alterations found in the general body surface and their significance is followed by chapters on the head, spine and thorax, heart, abdomen and extremities. Each of these chapters takes up in considerable detail the significance of the variations found in almost every known pathologic condition. In the chapter on the heart, for example, consideration is first given to the clinical anatomy, and then to the pulse, the arrhythmias, the size and form of the pulse
Physical Diagnosis.. JAMA. 1928;90(20):1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690470062037