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The teaching of physical diagnosis has always been a problem. As a separate discipline its origins go back a hundred years to Laënnec, Auenbrugger and Skoda. But gradually the technical methods, no longer a novelty, have been more and more absorbed into diagnosis in a broad sense. Most physicians eventually relearn physical diagnosis after years of practice, because the methods work only when used by one sensitive to the problems of disease who more or less knows what he is looking for. The reviewer predicts that as time goes by less and less emphasis will be placed on teaching physical diagnosis as such; this will be learned as an integral part of the general examination and study of patients. Meanwhile it may be said that this book is an excellent exposition of the subject according to present-day standards. As a matter of fact, as its size testifies, it goes somewhat
Physical Diagnosis.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;57(2):476. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170060238015