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Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations

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Third edition. Edited by Walker H. Kenneth, Hall W. Dallas, Hurst J. Willis. . 1065 pages. Butterworths; , Boston: , 1990.. $69.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(7):563. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-7-563_2
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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


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