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January 11, 1965

Clinical Examination: A Textbook of Physical Diagnosis

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New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1965;191(2):147-148. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080020075041

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This is the fifth wholly new American textbook to appear on this subject in the past two years. Clinical examining skills may have become neglected during what Dr. Stern calls the modern "frenzy of advancing laboratory technology," but the recent flurry of literary activity in the field of physical diagnosis certainly indicates a persistent vitality of the clinician's talents.

For his book Dr. Stern has created no innovations in format or approach, and says that its "raison d'etre... lies in the selection and presentation rather than in the originality of the material." He has selected his material discerningly, focusing on contemporary procedures and eliminating many of the esoteric relics and archaic dogmas still present in texts first prepared many decades ago. Dr. Stern comments upon the relative frequency and importance of various findings in diseases (rather than merely cataloging their existence), and his physiological explanations of clinical observations maintain a

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