A Rational Exposition of the Physical Signs of the Diseases of the Lungs and Pleura; Illustrating Their Pathology and Facilitating Their Diagnosis. Charles James Blasius Williams.
A Rational Exposition of the Physical Signs of the Diseases of the Lungs and Pleura; Illustrating Their Pathology and Facilitating Their Diagnosis
A Rational Exposition of the Physical Signs of the Diseases of the Lungs and Pleura; Illustrating Their Pathology and Facilitating Their Diagnosis

A Rational Exposition of the Physical Signs of the Diseases of the Lungs and Pleura; Illustrating Their Pathology and Facilitating Their Diagnosis

London: John Churchill, 1833. Second Edition. Hardcover. A Rational Exposition of the Physical Signs of the Diseases of the Lungs and Pleura illustrating their Pathology and facilitating their Diagnosis By Charles JB Williams md Second Edition London 1833 8vo pp 201 and 2 plates The theory of the stethoscope is perhaps the most splendid medical discovery of this century and did the practice but keep pace with it the physician would no longer in thoracic diseases at least be compelled to repeat the lamentation of the Coan sage and confess that diagnosis is difficult Unfortunately however there are few instances in which practice has followed theory with so limping a step as in the use of this ingenious instrument so that among the crowds who use the stethoscope it would be difficult to point out a single tolerable stethoscopist that is one who is able to determine with something like certainty the nature of the disease when the ordinary symptoms are doubtful Yet we would not have the medical philosopher despair for he will perhaps find before the lapse of many years that a number of great hospital physicians will gradually be educated to the stethoscope and will publish the results of their practice exhibiting a host of cases in which the ordinary symptoms left them in doubt but the stethoscopic indications enabled them to cure their patients Moreover we can assure the student that the habit of attention taught by the use of the stethoscope is in itself a great gain so that if he does not find the treasure he is seeking at any rate like the young husbandman in the old story he will have fertilized the soil in which he is labouring Dr Williams's work is a clear exposition of the theory of the art and will be useful to beginners. Good. Item #221

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