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Physical Examination in Health and Disease

Alvan R. Feinstein, MD
JAMA. 1964;190(6):561. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070190081038.
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The third edition of this text by one of the master clinicians in American medicine preserves many of the features that created the appeal of its previous versions. The approach to the patient and to the examining process is thorough, and described with careful illustrative detail. The clear and orderly presentation is logically arranged, citing first the normal and then the abnormal findings in each region. The book is well-printed, scrupulously indexed, and abundantly illustrated, although a few of the illustrations could be improved. The "venous star" of chapter 4, Fig 72, is almost invisible; the book might seem more contemporary if a year later than "1949" appeared on the back of the patient with dermatographism in Fig 74. These minor deficiencies do not detract, however, from the continued value and attractiveness of this work as one of the standard introductions for students beginning their careers as clinical examiners.


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