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May 2, 1959

Physical Examination of the Surgical Patient

JAMA. 1959;170(1):134-135. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010010136030

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This new edition of a comprehensive volume on the examination of the surgical patient emphasizes what the surgeon may learn by special attention to history-taking and a careful and knowledgeable elicitation of physical signs. The tools employed are the eyes, ears, fingers, and nose. Clear-cut illustrations portray the various conditions discussed in the text, and enough clinical information is given to enable the reader to understand what a physical finding signifies. Every area of the body is covered except the eye, ear, nose, heart, and lungs, the authors believing that these areas are well presented in standard textbooks on physical diagnosis. That the surgeon is not relieved of careful examination in these fields is emphasized, since reliance on medical or other colleagues prevents personally knowing and evaluating all the data.

A perusal of all the information offered reveals a tremendous amount of material available to the reader, whether he be

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