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September 5, 1953

Physical Examination on the Surgical Patient

JAMA. 1953;153(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940180075032

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Abstract

These authors have, as Francis D. Moore says in the foreword, "emphasized not only the detailed techniques of examination, but also the approach to the patient as an individual. It is in this wise that the student gradually develops that clinical acumen which later on will tell him so much about the patient, his disease, his educational and social status, his fears, his anxieties, and his adjustment to the medical environment in which he finds himself. It is this clinical sense which will lead the young doctor to think of his patient as a man away from home, not a hospital case."

This is not a book of surgical technique, but it does discuss adequately many techniques in surgery. Physical signs are interpreted in relation to the pathology and disordered physiology of the disease. The primary purpose of this volume is "to focus attention on methods of importance of eliciting

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