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February 11, 1974

Hamilton Bailey's Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery

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Louisiana State University New Orleans

JAMA. 1974;227(6):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230190058031

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The genius of English authorship is again demonstrated in Allan Clain's edition of Hamilton Bailey's textbook of physical diagnosis. This famous work, first published in 1927, is a "must" companion to Hamilton Bailey's Emergency Surgery (JAMA 224:252, 1973).

The first 50 pages cleverly introduce the reader to the basics of physical diagnosis. The text then continues with an orderly arrangement according to anatomical location. The section on the head and neck has nine individual chapters devoted to such organs as the ear, salivary glands, mouth, and thyroid, respectively. There are approximately 1,000 illustrations with the usual vivid color representations characteristic of Hamilton Bailey's books. These beautifully illustrate not only signs on inspection, but extensive techniques in palpation, often ignored in contemporary textbooks.

The title, which refers to "Signs in Clinical Surgery," is misleading since the book is of quite general medical interest and value. Numerous chapters are devoted to orthopedics,