May 1952

Physical Diagnosis.

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By Raymond W. Brust, M.D., F.A.C.P. Introduction by Truman G. Schnabel, M.D., F.A.C.P. Price, $4.50. Pp. 294, with 60 illustrations. Appleton-Century-Crofts Company, Inc., 35 W. 32d St., New York 1, 1951.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(5):857. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240050171015

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In 294 pages this book covers concisely but thoroughly the art of the physical examination, and as such lends itself more to the use of the student and intern than to that of the practicing physician. In a well-outlined form it covers in proper sequence examination procedures of the various systems as they should be approached, beginning first with the body in general, and progressing to the head and neck and the pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems, in that order. The material is well presented and easy to interpret, and interest is further augmented by the occasional inclusion of abnormal physical findings in some of the commoner disorders of the particular system under discussion, and by the use of 60 well-chosen illustrations.

History-taking is briefly dealt with, but the laboratory, roentgenologic, electrocardiographic, and other special examinations are not mentioned.

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