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March 17, 1928

Clinical Case-Taking. Supplement to Methods in Medicine.

JAMA. 1928;90(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690380064042

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While small, this book describes extensively the methods of eliciting histories and making physical examinations. Its value seems to lie in the fact that every possible symptom can be elicited, if it is there, by following the method of approach suggested. In this complexity, however, its use is limited to the beginner, particularly the intern who has the time to take hours for writing a history. By persistence he will become proficient in envisaging every angle of a clinical case and later find that he can get along without its help.

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