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ARMAS M, RODOLFO. Presentation of the third edition of a text book on medical history taking and physical examination, by A. Goic, G. Chamorro and H. Reyes (Editors). Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.1, pp.119-122. ISSN 0034-9887.

Clinicians know that the clinical encounter with the patient constitutes thefore-most aspect in diagnosis and therapeutics. We also remember that ourfirst contad with clinicalpractice was to learn how to perform a good clinical history and thorough physical examination. Even afteryears of practice we are still learning how to listen to the patient, see, pálpate and auscúltate but most importantly, to approach a patient with warmth and kindness to unveil the mysteries of diseases and ailments. Books will not teach us these skills and practice is the basis ofthis learningprocess, but the text book by Drs. Goic, Chamorro and Reyes is ofgreat help and orientation, when we drift through the different chapters devoted to medical history taking, physical signs, syndromes and laboratory tests. This third edition includes the late Dr. Chamorro as co-editor, because outstandingpeople do notpass, only transcend. Medical students will enjoy this book and clinicians will also appreciate it, since we are all aware that we never stop learning until we pass... or transcend.

Keywords : Medical history taking; Physical examination; Text books.

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