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December 15, 1951

Physical Diagnosis

JAMA. 1951;147(16):1607. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670330099036

Philadelphia has been noted for many years for the excellency of its physical diagnosticians, as well as for the emphasis placed in its various medical schools on the importance of learning the principles of physical diagnosis. Also, Philadelphia has produced in "Diseases of the Chest and the Principles of Physical Diagnosis," written by George W. Norris and Henry R. M. Landis, one of the American classics in this field.

Dr. Brust's book is worthy in the best traditions of writing on physical diagnosis. He stresses the importance of accurate history-taking, without confusing the student with the intricacies of psychiatric case history-taking. The importance of doing a complete and thorough physical examination is properly accented. The student using this book will not be burdened with tricky physical signs named after long-dead European physicians. Nor will his mind be diverted from the text by illustrations of all types of physical defects. The

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