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As medical care gets better and more widely available, disease is seen in earlier and earlier stages. The physician relies less on physical findings for diagnosis and more on chemical and roentgen study. This trend cannot be extrapolated, however, to a time when a competent physician should simply hear the complaint and order a "battery of tests" without examination. I cannot imagine a time when the detection of minimal icterus in a newly seen patient will not point out a proper and most efficient path of further diagnostic study.
An atlas of physical signs serves a physician well by demonstrating
Color Atlas of External Manifestations of Disease.Atlas of External Diseases of the Eye. Volume 1. Congenital Anomalies and Systemic Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. ;67:1357–1358. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-6-1357_2
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