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June 1924


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1924;33(6):788. doi:10.1001/archinte.1924.00110300131007

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As the title suggests, this book is intended as a guide to bedside examination only, no detailed descriptions, theories or procedures requiring laboratory, graphic or other instrumental aid being discussed. In short, only such information as can be obtained by the methods of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation is given. A general schema of a physical examination at the bedside serves as an introduction. This is followed by a detailed consideration of each and every portion of the outline. It is very comprehensive, and there are no misstatements of fact. The authors apparently have made a strong plea for more careful general physical examinations, relying as far as possible on these methods for a diagnosis with the idea of supplementing the information obtained with such adjuncts as the various laboratory tests, graphic records and instruments of precision. Greater uniformity and completeness will obtain in the examination itself and the history

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