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The current advances in technology and computers have brought forth a number of new instruments that help in the precise diagnosis of heart disease. However, reliance on esoteric laboratory determinations and fanciful instrumentation has deemphasized the bedside examination, despite both the dependency and proficiency of previous generations in this technique. This book reemphasizes the value of ordinary bedside methods of examination of the heart and circulation.
The examination of the heart and circulation includes the basic tenets of physical diagnosis: inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Within this frame of reference the book deals with the physical appearance of the patient,
Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation.. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:742. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-742_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):742.
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