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The 14th edition of this textbook of medicine has undergone major revision to bring together the advances of "Clinical Medicine" gained from the clinical sciences and laboratory with "Descriptive" or "Systematic Medicine."
The art of clinical diagnosis requires that the physician must first proceed in an orderly fashion to make accurate assessments of the patient's symptoms, history, and physical examination. The system originally devised by Dr. Savill for this purpose has been retained in the current revision. The causes of signs and symptoms are listed as they appear in the systematic history taking and physical examination. A description of the causes and diseases then follows with the inclusion of pathology and treatment. The classification of diseases, causes, symptoms, and treatments is orderly and helpful. The stress placed on bedside evaluation is welcome in this day of profusion of laboratory tests. However, both classical and newer laboratory tests are present and
Nathan A. Savill's System of Clinical Medicine.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010160034