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December 29, 1945

Introduction to Diseases of the Chest

JAMA. 1945;129(18):1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860520062027

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This edition of Dr. Maxwell's book has been brought up to date in several respects, yet it is shorter and contains fewer illustrations than the first, which was reviewed in these columns in 1939.

The book is divided into four sections and thirty-six chapters followed by the illustrations, which are individually captioned and referred to in the text. Sections I, II and III deal with the fundamentals of diagnosis of chest diseases. The history is concisely developed by discussion of major symptoms, minor symptoms and auxiliary data. Emphasis is placed on the major symptoms of chest disease in this first section and they are often referred to in subsequent chapters.

Dr. Maxwell has done an admirable piece of work in his presentation of the principles of physical examination of the chest. Emphasis has been placed on careful inspection of the entire patient and then inspection of the chest before any

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