F. M. POTTENGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
There is no part of medicine that offers so great a challenge to the medical mind as diagnosis. Early diagnosis detects disease when the least harm has been done to the patient and makes treatment more simple and cure more probable. Then too, if the disease is infectious, it permits early application of public health measures for the protection of others.
Any method of examination which adds to the earliness or the certainty of diagnosis is a valuable contribution to the welfare of man.
For a long time it was thought that disease was a general disorder involving the whole
F. M. POTTENGER. AN HISTORICAL REVIEW OF THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF THE CHEST(AN HISTORICAL REVIEW OF THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF THE CHEST*). Ann Intern Med. 1949;30:766–777. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-4-766
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