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July 13, 1929

A Surgical Diagnosis.

JAMA. 1929;93(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710020060041

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This volume, contributed by a teacher of surgical diagnosis for nearly twenty years, is essentially a book for medical students, hospital residents, general practitioners, and teachers of surgical diagnosis. The author's aim is to present the subject in as practical a manner as possible. The book begins with a chapter on case history taking. Under the section dealing with questioning the patient, some of the subdivisions consider subjective facts referring to the respiratory tract, the digestive tract and the genito-urinary tract; also facts pointing to a tobacco history, a venereal history and an alcoholic history. This is followed by sections on inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation and laboratory data. Under each of these the procedures to be carried out and the facts to be sought are listed in tables. The chapter ends with a section on interpretations in which are listed conditions that occur congenitally, in infancy and childhood, in puberty

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