October 1965

Physical Examination of the Joints.

Author Affiliations

By William P. Beetham, Jr., MD, AMCP; Howard F. Polley, MD, MS (Medicine), FACP; Charles H. Slocumb, MD, MS (Pathology); and Walt F. Weaver, MD, MS (Medicine), AACP. Price, $7.50. Pp 198, with illustrations. W. B. Saunders Co., W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, Pa 19105, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(4):643. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870040157056

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Examination of the joints is usually the stepchild of physical diagnosis. By the time the heart, lungs, abdomen, organs of special sense, and nervous system are covered, there is little time to teach the techniques and terminology of joint examination. The average physician, it is safe to say, has even less knowledge of the anatomy of the locomotor system. The authors of this small volume have attempted to remedy this obvious lack and humbly disclaim having prepared more than an elementary text for medical students and physicians. Nevertheless, even experienced rheumatologists and orthopedists can—and should—read this book with great profit. Simple expository prose, ample illustrations, and judicious repetition, embellished by clinical experience, have combined to produce a concise and useful manual. The authors have commendably refrained from attempting to produce a textbook of rheumatology. Their aim obviously is to provide the reader with the wherewithal to record accurately a joint

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