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This book is written to stress the fact that before the study of diseases of the chest is undertaken, one should know the normal chest. Also, that rightly to know the normal chest there must be an intimate knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and physics involved. In a sense, the book is a protest against the not uncommon custom of teaching physical diagnosis largely by the early introduction of patients with diseased hearts and lungs; also against the other custom of teaching the subject in a manner too empiric without an adequate understanding of the facts of physics, anatomy and physiology that underlie the physical phenomena of health. There can be little quarrel with the authors as to the essential correctness of their thesis. Only by a knowledge of the normal can the undergraduate or practitioner realize and interpret what is abnormal. One may question, however, whether from a pedagogic
The Normal Chest of the Adult and the Child, Including Applied Anatomy, Applied Physiology, X-Ray and Physical Findings. JAMA. 1927;89(13):1085–1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130073051
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