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February 1953

Physical Diagnosis.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(2):256. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070265014

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This volume is a concise, well-organized, well-illustrated, and thorough text on physical diagnosis admirably suited to the needs of the medical student or beginner in the art of recognizing the physical signs of disease. It is organized by anatomical symptoms and diseased states. The author wisely does not digress to discuss at length the etiology and symptoms of various diseases. When necessary he makes a concise statement of the accompanying symptoms. He states clearly the physical bases and meaning of useful physical signs and men's names associated with them, pointing out many things valuable to the beginner.

The author discusses the physics of sound and resonance as related to the chest and head. He describes fully both normal and abnormal signs related to the heart and lungs from the standpoint of adult examination. There are numerous omissions of findings peculiar to infancy. For example, the section on cardiovascular phenomena makes

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