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Physical Diagnosis—A Physiological Approach.

R. Dale Liechty, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(5):630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860170112043.
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"Diagnosis is the very heart of medicine, gentlemen"—these words will long be remembered by the many men trained by Dr. Cyrus Sturgis, former Professor of Medicine at Michigan. Despite the thrust of sophisticated and complicated diagnostic techniques and instruments in recent times, the basic thrill of discovery by seeing, feeling, and sensing is and will be the sine qua no of good physicians.

Physical Diagnosis  A Physiological Approach" is well named. Physical findings and physiology, medical cause and effect, are correlated superbly. For example, the chapter, "The Circulatory System," could serve as an excellent review course of basic cardiology from the Austin-Flint murmur to the significance of depressed pulse pressure. Glossaries introducing each chapter and sections such as "The Acutely Injured Patient" will delight the sophomore medical student. "Tracheal-tug" and "bulbocavernosus reflex" are terms that may perhaps be only dimly remembered by some older physicians who might find this


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