by Mark H. Swartz, 2nd ed, 644 pp, with illus, $49, ISBN 0-7216-5530-0, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1994.
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One of the first major clinical hurdles a medical student faces is the acquisition of skills necessary to perform a thorough history and physical. It is true that the artful and inquisitive physician will often find much of the diagnosis from the history. Combining this with a skilled physical exam, the student doctor-to-be can benefit from all the patient has to offer.
Swartz' Textbook of Physical Diagnosis, second edition, will provide a wealth of information to the young medical, dental, or nursing student requiring a thorough and complete review of the history and physical examination. Some 644 pages are liberally filled with over 700 illustrations, more than 100 in full color and many more in sharp two-color mode.
The book is thoughtfully arranged into four general sections of interviewing technique, physical diagnosis by system (eg, heart, abdomen, chest), evaluation of specific patients, and the brief section "Putting the Data to
Locke J. Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History and Examination. JAMA. 1994;272(23):1870. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520230080046