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Dr. Barker's work is limited wholly to diagnosis, but such limitation does not mean that the work is of limited scope, for clinical diagnosis involves an extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry and laboratory methods; in fact, every phase of the practice of medicine except therapeutics. If there is an actual science of medicine, that science has reached its highest development in diagnosis. The clinician of wide experience who has at his ready command the knowledge which enables him to outline the findings of his complete examination and then to name the disease condition is practicing scientific medicine.
The book is issued in three volumes divided into numerous parts: The first part concerns history at examination and general importance of diagnostic methods; the second part is devoted wholly to the use of the Roentgen ray; the third part, to the various fluids of the body, giving in detail the
The Clinical Diagnosis of Internal Diseases. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(11):868. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030200032
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