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August 1909

A Treatise on Diagnostic Methods of Examination.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1909;IV(2):191-192. doi:10.1001/archinte.1909.00050180097007

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The early appearance of a second American edition of Sahli's Diagnostic Methods is evidence of the usefulness and popularity of this excellent work, the special strength of which lies probably in the fact that, as pointed out by the author in the preface, it is not a mere compilation. One may indeed turn to most of the sections and find a good discussion of diagnostic methods by a wise and experienced observer. It is a well-rounded work in which the personal experience of the author is evident at many points.

Nothing could be sounder than the remarks on percussion (page 154) and the statement that `` . . . the percussion note which is loud enough to be heard at considerable distance is generally faulty.'' The observation on page 265 apropos of auscultation of the heart that ``we should always auscultate the patient in different positions, particularly standing and lying down,''

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