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February 4, 1961

A REFRESHER COURSE IN PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS

JAMA. 1961;175(5):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040050052015

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Abstract

In today's medical world, many practitioners find it difficult to procure an adequate amount of post-graduate instruction. Many devices have been proposed to correct this deficiency. Scientifically prepared motion pictures is one helpful solution. This may be a teaching clinic, a basic science exercise, or the story of a disease. In clinical examinations, a skillful teacher can perform for many. Such an instructional program has been developed by the audio-visual department of Wayne State University College of Medicine with its new Physical Diagnosis Series. (This issue, p. 416.)

Since diagnosis is becoming more and more important as treatment becomes more complex and specific, this series should serve an extremely useful function. Also, physical diagnosis is especially suited for instruction by motion pictures. The inspiration for this project came from watching the late Gordon B. Myers imitate the gait of a patient with locomotor ataxia, multiple sclerosis, or hemiplegia. Gaits lend

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