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September 19, 1896

A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis by Microscopical and Chemical Methods.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(12):664. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430900048018

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The special feature of this work on diagnosis is indicated in its title, namely, the application of chemistry, and it is a fact, beyond controversy, that the great preeminence of certain European classes is due to the greater attention paid to chemistry, physiology, bacteriology and diagnosis. The author says: "It is curious to note that, notwithstanding the great importance of clinic chemistry and microscopy, but little attention is paid to these subjects, either by hospital physicians or by those engaged in general practice. This lack of interest is referable primarily to the fact that systematic study of these branches has heretofore been greatly neglected, not only in American medical schools, but also in those of Europe."

The laboratory method of diagnosis, when taken in connection with the well-known physical signs, makes the practice of medicine truly a science, and we can not have too many books of this character.


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