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This little book presents in compact form, small enough to be easily carried in the pocket, a brief outline of the more important clinical methods in common use in the bedside study of the patient. It is well arranged for the purpose of the medical student or ward clerk to carry to the bedside as a convenient manual in "working up" the cases to which he may be assigned or as a brief reference manual for review or office reference of the practitioner who may have found himself, needing to refresh his knowledge of laboratory methods. Covering, as it does, anamnesis, physical examination, laboratory methods and special means of examination, such as with x-rays and electrocardiography, it is manifestly impossible to deal with each of these in such detail as would be desirable in a textbook or library reference work and the medical student should not attempt to substitute this
Clinical Methods: A Guide to the Practical Study of Medicine. JAMA. 1938;111(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790320076041
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