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February 11, 1950

Diagnostik durch Sehen und Tasten: Eine Semiotik der Inspektion und Palpation

JAMA. 1950;142(6):449. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910240067034

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The author of this book is one of the oldest surviving students of the famous Chvostek, to whose memory this work is appropriately dedicated. It marshalls an extraordinary number of facts and suggestions showing how inspection and palpation can contribute to diagnosis. The book is written in a commendably simple, compact and objective style that should give little trouble to a reader reasonably versed in scientific German. Space and time are saved by stating conflicting opinions with few comments but copious references; the bibliography is excellent. The book will be an inspiration to medical students and may serve to correct the present tendency to rely too much on laboratory data. The author regrets the loss of much illustrative material during the war, and it is hoped that future editions may be better illustrated.

It is also to be hoped that a future edition will see the elimination of those vicious

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