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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...tract. The effect of these pathological physical conditions upon the physical signs has been studied; and the distinctive characters of each physical sign have received particular attention, in order that the abnormal signs may be recognized. The object of this chapter is to group together the physical conditions in the different diseases of the respiratory system, with the representative signs on which rests the physical diagnosis of each of the diseases. The scope of this manual is limited to the physical diagnosis of these affections; but the fact is not to be lost sight of that in practical medicine physical signs are not to be disassociated from symptoms and pathological laws. An exclusive reliance on physical signs would lead to errors in diagnosis, although, doubtless, errorsmore important and more frequent necessarily occur when the practitioner ignores percussion and auscultation. The signs furnished by percussion and auscultation only have been thus far considered, but in grouping these in this chapter signs obtained by other methods of physical exploration will be embraced in so far as they enter into the diagnosis of the different diseases of the respiratory system. These different diseases will be taken up separately with the exception of those seated in the larynx and trachea. With reference to physical signs, the laryngeal and tracheal affections may be considered collectively. AFFECTIONS OF THE LARYNX AND TRACHEA. The physical signs referable to the chest in diseases of the larynx and trachea denote more or less obstruction to the free passage of air through these sections of the air tubes. The obstruction in the different diseases involves different pathological conditions. Spasm of the glottis is one of these conditions, constituting the a...
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