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March 1941

Essentials of the Diagnostic Examination.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;67(3):707. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200030237022

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This is a dapper little volume, well printed on thin paper and of such size, shape and weight as to conveniently fit into one's pocket or bag. It is unpretentious. The essentials of the diagnostic examination are described; history taking in 16 pages, physical examination in 142 pages and laboratory tests in the remaining 218 pages.

On first sight this spacing of the material may appear unusual and as if undue emphasis was placed on the laboratory tests and too little on history taking. Such is not the case. Nobody can tell how to take a good history beyond suggesting bare outlines. The technic of physical examination is easier to describe, and certainly the author outlines the methods of physical examination in a satisfactory manner, including sensible, easily understandable description of neurologic examination. The laboratory manual part of the book describes ordinary clinical laboratory work and methods with clarity and

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