JAMES B. HERRICK
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There is a tendency nowadays to attack the stethoscope. It is criticized in print, in addresses in medical societies and in conversation between doctors. As a result it is losing caste as an instrument of diagnosis. Moreover, its loss of prestige carries with it a lessened appreciation of physical diagnosis in general, once a most highly regarded feature in medicine.
The charges against the stethoscope are two: that it is antiquated, its place taken by other methods especially by the x-ray, and that it does more harm than good because its findings are so often misinterpreted.
As to the first
HERRICK JB. In Defense of the Stethoscope1. Ann Intern Med. ;4:113–116. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-2-113
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(2):113-116.
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