FRANK SMITHIES, SC. D., M.D., M.A.C.P.
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During the World War, when a member of a "draft-board team", the writer was, of necessity, compelled to examine physically a great number of candidates over a period of many months. In percussing thoraces, particularly by the ordinary mid-finger of one hand (hammer) to mid-finger of the other hand (pleximeter) method, a few hours' work resulted in a very sore dorsal surface of the pleximeter finger, even when the nail on the "hammer finger" was kept short, shaped broadly and smoothed by means of the emery stick. The joint of the hammer finger not rarely became swollen and painful and
SMITHIES F. A New Percussion Technic. Ann Intern Med. ;6:482–484. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-6-4-482
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1932;6(4):482-484.
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