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September 7, 1929

Diagnostic Methods and Interpretations in Internal Medicine.

JAMA. 1929;93(10):794. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710100056045

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The author has undertaken the stupendous task of covering the fields of history taking and physical examination of the entire body, with a description of all that may be encountered in the various portions of the body. Endocrinology and diseases of the nervous system are included. In addition there are sections on laboratory diagnosis, including electrocardiography, roentgenologic diagnosis, and remarks on life insurance examination, industrial examination, and periodic health examination. The author has succeeded far better than one would expect in the fulfilment of this impossible assignment. The foremost problem in this work is not what to say but what to omit. Whether or not the author's choice of omissions has been a wise one must, of course, be a matter of opinion. With the exception of the discussion of the technic of history taking and examination, the subjects are much too briefly considered. To the student of medicine, both

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