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March 26, 1982

Bedside Diagnostic Examination

JAMA. 1982;247(12):1759. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320370063036

When a book has gone through four editions (the first in 1965) and has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish, surely it merits physicians' attention.

Although few physicians join the ranks of master diagnosticians, the DeGowins, by their writing, have attained that goal. Their book affords pleasure to read and study and belongs on an aspiring diagnostician's reference shelf.

The 1981 edition of Bedside Diagnostic Examination shows two important changes from the third edition. While the left page running heads have been retained as an orienting device (eg, "The Eyes/Cornea"), right page running heads have been added and indicate the three diagnostic modes: symptoms and signs, disease patterns, and laboratory data (a welcome newcomer).

Otherwise, the book is divided into ten chapters, of which the first three cover "Diagnostic Reasoning," "The Medical History," and "Methods in the Physical Examination." In many respects, these are the most valuable of