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April 11, 1891

Auscultation and Percussion.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(15):534-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410670030017

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This is the concluding number of Series IV of the Physician's Leisure Library.

The work opens with seven diagramatic plates which, were it not for the confusing numbers and letters with long " fingers" to denote their intention, would enhance the value of the text in no slight degree. A physician's life is generally made up of too few hours, and he can therefore ill afford the struggle of deciphering no less than seventeen tracings or references on a single plate of small size. It will be seen that the placing of such requirement in a " Leisure" library is smilingly significant.

The text is orthodox, dealing first with the lungs, where 56 pages are devoted to a clear and concise statement of the physical signs in health and disease. Then follows Part II—heart and aorta—the concluding chapter of which, however, touches upon physical exploration of the liver, spleen, stomach, and pancreas.

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