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The importance of diagnosis as a necessary preliminary to prognosis and treatment is readily admitted; the physician skilled in diagnosis need fear no invasion of his province by fads like Eddyism, New Thought, etc. One who has gained by exact means of investigation a clear insight into the actual conditions present in a given case is not likely to base his therapeutic measures on the absurd and exaggerated claims of the nostrum-vendor. Diagnosis is easily the first among the medical arts, and also one of the most progressive. It calls to aid all the other sciences and demands a knowledge of physics, chemistry, histology and biology in all its branches, as well as wide acquaintance with clinical medicine and surgery. So varied are its requirements that most of our textbooks on the subject are special text-books, giving a partial view only, and covering some particular field. Especially there has been
Lehrbuch Klinischer Untersuchungsmethoden für Studer ende und Aerzte. JAMA. 1908;LI(21):1797–1798. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540210053019
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