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It seems that the most cogent criticism of the manual is to be found in its subtitle: "Clinical Guide for Students and Physicians in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Neurology and Specialties." In other words, the scope of the compendium, intended primarily for the use of medical students and interns, is to describe history writing in cases belonging either to one of the fields mentioned or to dermatology, pediatrics, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology or gynecology. Moreover, the present edition has been enlarged by addition of chapters on psychiatry and endocrinology. The author and his collaborators had no intention of offering a treatise on symptomatology or diagnosis and limited themselves to showing the intern how to interrogate and examine the patient and to record the results. The concise epitome has been written in a simple, succinct manner but the enormous field covered and the small format of the book exclude an adequate discussion of many
L'examen du malade: Guide clinique de l'étudiant et du médecin. Médecine, chirurgie, obstétrique, neurologie et spécialités. JAMA. 1939;113(23):2085. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480070028
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