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April 1949

Methods of Diagnosis.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;83(4):476. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00220330116030

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Dr. Logan Clendening was a talented physician. Among other gifts he had an ability to express his ideas in writing picturesquely, entertainingly and with great vividness. He must have done his full share in the preparation of this book, for his personality and literary style are impressed on many of its pages.

The volume is divided into two distinct parts. The first deals with methods of clinical diagnosis and the second with laboratory and other special procedures.

The latter part is fairly orthodox and is a well balanced text which meets ordinary standards. The first part is more interesting because here Dr. Clendening's personal touches are so apparent. He attempts to tell any medical student or physician how to make a diagnosis: first by analysis of what the patient says, next by physical examination—and its proper technic is described carefully—and finally by the correct interpretation of what the laboratory may

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