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What distinguishes this textbook from the many already available on physical examination? Well, to cite virtues first, examples of abnormalities are printed in red on the right hand side of the pertinent pages ("Rebound tensuggests peritoneal inflammation"). About 800 illustrations are provided, mostly drawings, and some of them are very good. A long, clearly written chapter on pediatric examination by Dr. Robert Hoekelman, fills a gap noted in nearly all other textbooks. Finally, a good chapter describes a method to record physical findings.
But drawings are rarely as instructive or memorable as photographs (if photographers were allowed in court, would
A Guide to Physical Examination.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:726. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-5-726_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(5):726.
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