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November 6, 1937

Physical Diagnosis: The Art and Technique of History Taking and Physical Examination of the Patient in Health and in Disease

JAMA. 1937;109(19):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450073030

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As a basic textbook for the academic teaching of physical diagnosis, this one has many excellent features and few faults. It is mainly practical, in parts concise, and easy to read. Illustrations are for the most part well chosen, especially the few charts and the roentgenograms. The first portion of the book is made up of an excellent section on the art of medicine and the history of physical diagnostic methods. The author is to be commended on his interesting presentation of this material. The chapter on the taking of a history is rather brief, particularly the portion dealing with gastro-intestinal diseases. Many statements in this chapter are dogmatic, yet some would not be accepted by every internist and surgeon. The section on the heart covers 150 pages and, with the introductory chapter, comprises half of the entire book. It is obvious that the author is particularly interested in cardiology.

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