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Despite a staggering climb in the number and use of secondhand and "scientific" means of examining patients—blood chemistry, electrocardiography, roentgen studies, and the rest—in the past 30 years, direct examination of the patient is still at the very heart of diagnosis. The student must learn how to take histories and examine patients, and the practicing physician must practice these skills and polish them to the limit of his capacity. Dr. DeGowin has prepared this text on examination, proposing that due to its compactness it can serve all, from the student to the senior and experienced clinician, as a close companion
Bedside Diagnostic Examination. A Comprehensive Pocket Textbook.. Ann Intern Med. 1965;63:158–159. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-1-158
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(1):158-159.
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