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September 16, 1939

The Clinical Diagnosis of Swellings

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370074045

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The author states clearly the purpose of this book in the preface, "to present a simple practical method of investigating swellings in order to clarify the problem of their diagnosis." Clinical methods and physical signs form the framework on which the diagnosis of swellings is made. There is consideration of the general diagnosis of swellings, of inflammatory and granulomatous swellings, of tumors, cysts and ulcers, of enlarged lymphatic glands and of swellings of the neck, breast, abdomen, groin, scrotum and about joints. Presentation is excellent and aided greatly by first rate illustrative drawings. This is a unique book and a valuable one, for every practicing physician must be puzzled occasionally about the correct diagnosis when his patient has a "swelling." Most teachers of physical diagnosis, most students and most physicians will find the book valuable and interesting. In these days of modern laboratory diagnosis it is refreshing and heartening to

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