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When a textbook gets to a third edition, that fact is itself likely to be proof of its great value. Clinical Methods clearly deserves its reputation. It is an encyclopedic text but it is not a pedantic and academic compilation. Many of its chapters carry ample evidence of their authors' clinical savoir-faire, abounding as they do with the pithy kind of experiential wisdom often labeled "pearls." It is too big a text for digestion by most medical students, but the essence needed for an introduction to clinical procedure and interpretation is carried in "overview" chapters that open each section. And
Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. Ann Intern Med. ;113:563. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-7-563_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(7):563.
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