The scope of this elegant little book is to serve as a guide for a novice writing histories and examining patients. Nine specialists in their respective lines collaborated in preparing chapters on examination of medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, dermatologic, gynecologic, neurologic, otorhinolaryngologic and ophthalmologic cases. These subjects are supplemented by a chapter describing simple laboratory examinations that can be performed by a general practitioner in his office. The compendium is frankly a student's manual for systematic questioning and physical examination of patients and does not pretend to be a diagnostic guide. The subject is presented in a succinct manner, teaching the student to gather and correlate observations and thus arrive at a correct diagnosis. The book is a valuable addition to the library of French students.