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December 28, 1940

Der klinische Blick

JAMA. 1940;115(26):2304. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810520066026

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Dr. Risak presents no new or startling discoveries. He merely presents a careful survey of objective clinical phenomena that are readily observable when the physician makes use of his five senses. He leads the reader on to the interpretation and coordination of these observations, proceeds to the development of what should be the birthright of every true clinician, namely insight or what is at times called clinical intuition, the ability rapidly to evaluate the importance of seemingly widely different phenomena, and to fit them into the harmonious picture of clinical syndrome or disease entity. A pupil of the school of von Hochenegg and Chvostek, and remotely of Bamberger, Skoda and Auenbruegger, Dr. Risak comes to this approach quite naturally and his contribution is useful. Particularly in this day when medicine in Europe must be practiced in mass, the capable clinician must have the ability to sort his material rapidly but

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