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February 10, 1984

Signs and Symptoms in Pulmonary Medicine

JAMA. 1984;251(6):808-809. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340300092042

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Many textbooks have described the art of physical diagnosis of pulmonary diseases, but this book is unique in its method and organization. Divided into three parts, the first describes 11 major symptoms of pulmonary diseases in 11 chapters, the second part describes ten signs in ten chapters, and the third, consisting of only one chapter, succinctly outlines the clinical and laboratory findings in 36 pulmonary diseases.

All of the chapters in parts 1 and 2 are organized in an identical fashion. The symptom or sign is first defined, its mechanisms and pathophysiology are then described, finally, its clinical correlations are listed. Each chapter is summarized in a table of three columns, the first listing diseases in which the sign or symptom occurs, the second, the frequency or severity of the finding, and finally, a column of comments about the sign or symptom for each disease listed.

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