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December 31, 1938

Martini's Principles and Practice of Physical Diagnosis

JAMA. 1938;111(27):2512. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790530066026

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In this little book on physical diagnosis the author has attempted to combine simplicity with enough theory to make the material understandable and interesting. It is written especially for the medical student who is entering the subject for the first time. Thus, although all essentials are included, there is no attempt to be encyclopedic. The discussion of the physics of auscultation and percussion is especially thorough. The author, a student of Friedrich Mueller's, has contributed previously to the subject. The editor is a well known clinician and investigator. The presentation is excellent. There is more discussion and less listing than in most books on this subject. Because of this it proves rather interesting reading. In this edition changes have been made in the sections on the respiratory tract and the circulatory system, and emphasis has been placed on abnormalities in the venous pressure. The last two sections are particularly well

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