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October 15, 1938

Workbook in Elementary Diagnosis for Teaching Clinical History Recording and Physical Diagnosis

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420077031

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According to the author, this book is intended as a work-book in elementary diagnosis covering a course for sophomore medical students. The student should readily acquire the routine of history recording and learn the methods of physical examination on reading this textbook because the subject is presented simply. There are a few errors which might be corrected; for example, it is definitely an error to define a thrill as just what the name implies—it is a grating feeling and a crepitation and at the same time to describe "a thrill as similar to a feeling as when your hand is on the neck of a purring cat." "Point of Maximum Impulse (PMI) is not the apex but is caused by the impact of the flat of the ventricle" should be more definitely referred to the left ventricle and the "flat" omitted. In the description of palpation of the abdomen it

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