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The writer in his preface states that our knowledge of diseases of the chest has increased so materially during the last ten years that much of what was written on the subject a decade ago is already obsolete. This increased knowledge has revolutionized methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The x-ray film, the bronchoscope and the microscope are today the indispensable armamentarium of every physician who wishes to make a correct diagnosis of a pulmonary disease. The film locates and outlines the extent of disease, the bronchoscope visualizes a lesion and makes it possible to remove foreign bodies, secretions or tissue for biopsy, and the microscope is the "court of last appeal" in revealing the etiology of the condition. However, a careful history and physical examination are still the fundamental basis for the physician's diagnosis of disease.
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Diseases of the Chest. JAMA. 1935;105(21):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760470063028