By Ralph H. Major, M.D., Professor of Medicine in the University of Kansas. Second edition, revised. Price, $5. Pp. XIV + 464, with 437 illustrations. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1940.
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In 1938, a year after the first edition of this book had made its appearance, a certain teacher was about to commence a course in physical diagnosis with an enthusiastic class. The students asked for a textbook which they could afford to buy in order to read, study and interline their copies. Their teacher cast about for a likely candidate. He was pleased by Major's book: by its appearance, illustrations and format; by its historical allusions; by its bibliographic references at the end of each chapter; above all, by its lucidity and charm of literary style. Not wishing to be handed a pig in a poke, he attempted to learn what others thought of it. Reviewers on the whole were complimentary. In the Far West, California and Western Medicine (46:14 [March] 1937) praised it highly. The less exuberant Journal of the American Medical Association (109:232 [July 17] 1937)
Physical Diagnosis.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;67(2):468. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200020230013