The second edition of this volume on applied physical diagnosis is written by 23 contributors, each of whom is outstanding in his particular field of endeavor. The book consists of 24 chapters developed along a regional approach. Laboratory procedures and roentgenography, which have become so increasingly important from a diagnostic standpoint, are correlated very well with the techniques of physical examination of the various regions. There are new chapters devoted to the blood, the aged, and the physical examination of the psychiatric patient. The section on electrocardiographic diagnosis is especially commendable, but it is doubtful that such a specialized subject should occupy the same amount of space as the physical examination of the heart. Other minor criticisms are the seemingly excessive number of pages devoted to oral diagnosis and gynecologic and obstetric diagnosis.
There is an excellent cross-index, and the book is printed in an easily readable form. In spite