Many a clinician, in the depths of his heart, feels that some day he will write the most perfect volume on clinical diagnosis ever put forth. Therefore, because of this feeling, he may appear to be unduly critical of new books on this subject as they appear from time to time.
Dr. Stern's "Clinical Diagnosis" is a nice appearing volume of convenient size, and it is well printed. It is written logically and clearly and contains a great deal of sound information. Anatomically, it is divided into four parts. The first deals with the taking of a history and physical examination, seven pages being devoted to the former topic and more than a hundred to the latter.
The second part deals with symptoms and signs in pulmonary tuberculosis and cardiac disease, only ten pages being devoted to the subject of tuberculosis and more than fifty to the heart.