DALE GROOM, M.D.; JOHN A. BOONE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Among all sounds emanating from the human heart, the "dove-coo" or "sea-gull" murmur is unique. None so closely approximates a pure musical tone, and none is so clearly perceived by the ear. Its flowing note, characteristically decrescendo and sliding downward in pitch as it is prolonged throughout most of diastole, bears a startling resemblance to the coo of a dove. Variously described as the "sea-gull cry," the "humming top" or "whistling" murmur, it is referred to in most cardiology textbooks simply as the musical murmur of aortic regurgitation. Its differentiation from ordinary murmurs, which may occasionally possess some degree of
GROOM D, BOONE JA. THE "DOVE-COO" MURMUR AND MURMURS HEARD AT A DISTANCE FROM THE CHEST WALL1. Ann Intern Med. 1955;42:1214–1226. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-6-1214
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(6):1214-1226.
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