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This book merits attention, first, because one of the co-authors, Samuel Levine, is a perceptive physician who has devoted a medical lifetime to discovering what he can learn of the heart by seeing, feeling, and hearing what goes on in the precordium and the places in which peripheral vessels may be examined. Second, here is an honest and effective attempt to encourage physicians to use the commonest tool of their trade, the stethoscope, with skill and imagination. Even the modern physicians who will not accept a diagnosis in which laboratory apparatus and technicians are not extensively involved may agree that listening to the heart, if done expertly, will at least give the earliest clue to what further tests are needed.
One might wonder how so large a volume could be written about the limited part of physical examination dealt with here, but when one considers that the authors attempt to
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