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October 4, 1965

Leopold's Principles and Methods of Physical Diagnosis

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New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1965;194(1):100. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090140108046

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Clinical Examination: A Textbook for Students and Doctors.  By Teachers of the Edinburgh Medical School. Edited by John Macleod. 513 pp, 70 illus. $7. Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1964Two more textbooks indicate the persisting importance of the clinician's role as an observer of sick people. Leopold's book is the more conventional. After the customary obeisance to history-taking, its chapters present the techniques of physical examination for each region of the body, followed by accounts of normal findings, abnormalities, and interpretations. The text is handsomely published, wellillustrated, and—in Dr. Hopkins' thorough revision—has a distinctly contemporary flavor sometimes lacking in comparable books that have gone through multiple editions.A drawback common to many other books on physical diagnosis is the frequent use of inverse clinical logic. Instead of cataloging the pathologic entities that produce such manifestations as thoracic dullness or diastolic murmurs, the book describes

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