December 1975

A Guide to Physical Examination

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by Barbara Bates, 375 pp, JB Lippincott Co, 1974.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(12):1628. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330120106034

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Dr Bates has designed this book specifically for "beginning practitioners of physical diagnosis, including medical students, nurse practitioners, and members of other health professions." At first glance, it might appear to be aimed primarily at the latter groups and not for medical students because of its "simple" approach. Actually however, it should be extremely valuable to the beginning medical student, since it presents in graphic fashion, with very well-done line drawings, points that are not clearly developed in many textbooks of physical diagnosis. Each of the chapters is divided into a section on normal anatomy and physiology, followed by techniques of examination and then supplemented by examples of related abnormalities. Even the erudite and well-trained graduate physician could profit by a review of this interesting and well-done book.

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