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This is a valuable book, especially for the beginning student since it aims to "start you on your way to becoming a clinician." It does so in a lucid, informal, and easy-to-read style. Surely the specialist, reading the section in his own area of interest, would want to increase the scope of the material presented, but this is better left to companion texts which are intended to provide greater depth.
Generally, each section is organized to present an introductory "glossary" followed by "technique of examination," "normal findings," "abnormal findings," and "specialized techniques." I personally find the glossary unnecessary. It is not inclusive enough to be of real value, too many definitions are presented in "lay terms," oversimplified even for young students (purpura—"black and blue spots"), and occasionally terms are appropriately defined but have no relevance to the following text. Furthermore, many of the terms are redefined in the text. There
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