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September 13, 1941

Manual of Physical Diagnosis with Special Consideration of the Heart and Lungs

JAMA. 1941;117(11):974. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370070037

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The main purpose of this small volume is to present clearly and simply the fundamentals of physical diagnosis. As the authors say in the preface, "Based on an extensive teaching experience with medical students and postgraduate students, we believe that there is a need for a revision of teaching methods and for a book on the subject of physical diagnosis that gives the essentials without sacrificing important details. For these reasons, an attempt has been made to prepare a practical manual which stresses the physiologic principles underlying the findings in the normal chest and their alterations responsible for the findings in the abnormal chest." It is a pleasure to note that the authors stress that "a carefully taken detailed history and careful physical examination, utilizing the senses of sight, hearing and touch, will suffice for correct diagnosis in the vast majority of cases." The book is divided into four sections.

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