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May 10, 1995

Physical Diagnosis: Bedside Evaluation of Diagnosis and Function

Author Affiliations

Medical Center of Delaware Wilmington

JAMA. 1995;273(18):1465-1466. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520420081050

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Physical Diagnosis: Bedside Evaluation of Diagnosis and Function was written on the premise that "the human interaction of diagnostician and subject, of healer and patient, must not be undermined by inadequate preparation of the early learner or incomplete maintenance of skills by the experienced clinician." Its goal is to present sequential teaching of interviewing and physical diagnosis skills for both fledgling and experienced clinicians.

After an initial chapter on general concepts of the medical history and physical examination, the majority of the chapters deal with anatomic regions. For each area (skin, head, eyes, ears, nose, oral cavity and throat, neck, breasts, etc), there is a section on the screening examination for the novice and another on the extended examination "to provide, for the more advanced clinician, a reference source for special

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