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December 1939

Physical Diagnosis.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(6):1340. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190060209013

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The reviewer, who learned physical diagnosis from the fourth edition, is amazed to note the increase in size of the book in the present (twelfth) edition. One wonders what there is to add to a subject such as physical diagnosis. Yet in looking over the present volume one has no feeling of anything superfluous. Cabot still undoubtedly holds his own in the forefront of authors of texts on physical diagnosis. Here and there one might comment on a small point—for example, on page 99 under the subject of the breath it is noted that a "mousey" breath indicates pronounced hepatic failure. This is presented apparently as a new observation, although the characteristic odor of the breath in cirrhosis was described many years ago by Umber as "fetor hepaticus" and is certainly no novelty.

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