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June 1953

Essentials of Medical Diagnosis: A Manual for Students and Practitioners.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;91(6):821-822. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240180130027

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This book is divided into various sections dealing with the physiological systems of the body. It is aimed at teaching the art of diagnosis by the use of the human faculties as opposed to the use of purely mechanical means. It does this admirably by the logical organization of its sections. Each section begins with a brief review of the anatomy and the physiology of the organs involved, thus emphasizing to the medical student and recalling to the practitioner the application of these facts in the approach to the patient and his disease. The section proceeds to the technic of methodical examinination of the patient— the means of eliciting physical signs and their significance in diagnosis.

A brief introductory section is devoted to the taking of the medical history; the authors state what is already known consciously or unconsciously by the physician—that certain details of the history alert one for

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