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July 17, 1937

Physical Diagnosis

JAMA. 1937;109(3):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780290054032

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Abstract

This book is well written, well constructed and exceedingly well illustrated. It is interesting reading because, as the author states, he "has made free use of quotations, partly because of an interest in classic description and partly because of the excellence of these early accounts." The subjects of temperature and fever are usually omitted in textbooks of physical diagnosis and their inclusion is commendable. Another welcome addition is a short explanation of the physics of sound. The author's failure to discuss incipient tuberculosis in the chapter on diseases of the lung is subject to criticism. His failure to devote as much space to a discussion of roentgen rays in the diagnosis of diseases of the lung as to the roentgen rays in the diagnosis of diseases of the heart and abdomen may give a wrong impression to the student as to the relative importance of the roentgen rays in the

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