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August 17, 1957

The Principles and Methods of Physical Diagnosis: Correlation of Physical Signs with Certain Physiological and Pathological Changes in Disease

JAMA. 1957;164(16):1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980160127022

In this day when there are cries that too much dependence is placed on laboratory diagnosis, a book that stresses what can be learned by questioning and by the use of eyes, ears, and sense of touch is welcome. Bedside diagnosis is still an important part of medical practice, and physical diagnosis is something about which the undergraduate or the practitioner can not learn too much. Basic understanding plus practice and experience are essential to practice in any field. This book, without wasted words, in interesting style, provides the essentials of physical diagnosis. Many illustrations, some of them in color, supplement the written word. When used with the teacher's lecture or for independent reference, this book should provide much helpful guidance.

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