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The third edition of this text has been thoroughly revised. The book, in 21 chapters, describes how to do a complete physical examination from head to toes. It was written for students who are being introduced to the clinical examination of the patient, and it achieves its goal very well. Each chapter follows the same pattern, with a glossary of common clinical terms, techniques of examination, and descriptions of abnormal findings. The chapter on the examination of the acutely injured patient is outstanding, and it is refreshing to see it in this type of textbook. The illustrations are lucid, and most chapters have a short list of references. The book in the paperback edition is compact, reasonably priced, and is highly recommended to medical students who are learning to examine patients.
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