Symptoms and Signs in Clinical Medicine.

Walter C. Alvarez, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):106-107. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110108030.
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Only a glance through this book with its 390 splendid illustrations (40 in color) and its fine text shows that it is a most useful contribution. Actually, it is a remarkable course in diagnosis with the eyes; if well studied, it would almost convert a recent medical school graduate into a good diagnostician. The reviewer has never seen anything to equal it. No wonder since starting out with the first issue in 1936, it is now in its eighth edition.

This book is particularly welcome today when so much of diagnosis has become a study of laboratory reports and radiographs. Here is a text that will teach a young physician how to make scores of diagnoses just from careful observation of the patient. And yet Chamberlain and Ogilvie do not disregard the great value of electrocardiograms, radiographs, and laboratory determinations. In figure 89, one sees the typical anxious face and


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