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Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a2992
  1. Chris Barrett, specialist registrar in neurosurgery, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
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    Hamilton Bailey’s classic text is well known to most surgeons, many editions having been published around the world over the years. It is essentially a textbook of clinical surgical examination that emphasises a logical approach to history taking, examination, and investigation. It is also memorable for a number of striking illustrations and the author’s incisive (and often witty) thoughts.

    Bailey was a surgeon from another era. He had a strong family background in medicine, but his early career was colourful, to say the least. At the outbreak of the first world war, while still only a medical student, he joined …

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