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The authors have endeavored to assemble the nonlaboratory methods of examination and the principal diagnostic findings of all branches of medicine except obstetrics and pediatrics. The result is far superior to any other textbook of physical diagnosis. It begins with a wise discussion to define diagnosis, and then describes the procedures of physical examination, correlating observations with their clinicopathologic interpretation.
The arrangement is largely by systems with the exception of a section in which diseases are listed alphabetically together with a few outstanding signs of each. The numerous diagrams are lucid and have adequate legends. Pertinent journal references are scattered sparingly throughout the text. One minor criticism pertains to a brief section titled "References." This is superfluous because it includes only standard textbooks, and especially because many of the editions cited are obsolete.
The need for conciseness makes a rather dogmatic style inevitable, but a vast amount of information is
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