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
JAMES B. HERRICK. In Defense of the Stethoscope(In Defense of the Stethoscope*). Ann Intern Med. 1930;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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