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The medical school course, "Introduction to Clinical Medicine," formerly "Physical Diagnosis," depends for success largely on competent instructors. Texts such as Norris and Landis in the early years of this era, through Cabot and Adams, Major, and now a number of others have been readable, subject to study. Clinical Methods is not. Seventy-eight percent of its 1098 pages compose an encyclopedia of clinical findings discoverable by history or physical examination. Although grouped by systems, each entry is discrete and organized under the subheadings of Definition, Technique, Background Information, Clinical Significance, and References. These elements are in the main well written,
Clinical Methods. The History, Physical and Laboratory Examinations.. Ann Intern Med. ;87:129. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-1-129_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(1):129.
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