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September 8, 1962

Clinical Diagnosis: A Textbook of Physical Signs and Symptoms for Medical Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1962;181(10):922. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050360108029

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In the preface of this textbook the authors state they are interested in passing on the knowledge they have attained as university teachers of clinical medicine. They have found that a wide discrepancy between medical knowledge on the one hand and practical application of such knowledge on the other is too often displayed by students. The student who knows all the facts about a rare disease may fail to elicit a simple knee jerk or to palpate a massively enlarged kidney. They believe that, in the majority of instances, such deficiencies are attributable not to lack of intelligence or study on the part of the student but to inadequate or faulty training in the art and science of physical diagnosis. They also state that there is some misdirected enthusiasm today for such instrumental methods of diagnosis as are used in chemistry, radiology, and electrocardiology.

These methods, they agree, are of

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