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March 31, 1923

Physical Diagnosis.

JAMA. 1923;80(13):948. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640400064040

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This edition, well indexed, considerably enlarged, partly rewritten, and containing a chapter on the cardiac arrhythmias by Dr. Drew Luten of Washington University School of Medicine, is designed for the medical student and the busy practitioner. The chapters devoted to the physical diagnosis of the chest seem adequate from the standpoint of the medical student; those dealing with the cardiovascular system and the abdomen are less adequate, while those concerned with blood pressure, electrocardiography, the roentgen ray, and examination of the nervous system are sketchy and of doubtful value. Following the usual custom, the author has introduced the principal "systems" by chapters on clinical anatomy. These consist largely of information gleaned in the mortuary, appropriate in regard to the chest, but entirely inadequate in the case of the abdominal viscera and particularly of the gastro-intestinal tract. As in other textbooks on physical diagnosis, the advance in our knowledge of relations

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