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Methodology and medical diagnosis change with the times, but there is still no substitute for the collection of data from various sources—clinical history, physical examination, and sometimes the laboratory—and the integration of these data in the light of the physician's personal experience and general knowledge.
For the past twenty-five years, Charles Seward, a British consultant, has taught this approach in his little manual, Bedside Diagnosis. The tenth edition, written with the aid of Professor David Mattingly, continues in this tradition. Organization of the book is by symptoms, using the English terms: head pain, abdominal pain, haematemesis, dyspnoea, diarrhoea, jaundice, pyrexia,
Bedside Diagnosis.. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:573. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-4-573_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(4):573.
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