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October 21, 1939

Symptoms and Signs in Clinical Medicine: An Introduction to Medical Diagnosis

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By E. Noble Chamberlain, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P., Physician to Out-Patients, Royal Liverpool United Hospital, Royal Infirmary Branch, Liverpool. With a chapter on The Examination of Sick Children. By Norman B. Capon, M.D., F.R.C.P., Lecturer in Diseases of Children, University of Liverpool, Liverpool. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $8. Pp. 435, with 318 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1938.

JAMA. 1939;113(17):1592. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800420066032

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Abstract

This edition is essentially the same as the first, and it must be remembered that physical diagnosis is a static rather than a dynamic science. There is, however, a change which adds to the satisfactory arrangement of the book, namely the collection into two chapters of all the laboratory data which had been scattered throughout the volume. There has also been added a table of biochemical standards. The book consists of thirteen chapters. The first two are more or less general and include the history taking, the physical examination and the external characteristics of disease. The next seven are devoted to important body systems, with two chapters on the nervous system. Succeeding these is a chapter on fever, another on examination of sick children and the two on laboratory data. As far as physical diagnosis is concerned, the chief objection to the book is the slight space devoted to important

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