Edwin Swillinger, MD
To the Editor: During the past 30 years I have done between 300 and 400 complete physical examinations annually. In 69 of those patients receiving annual examinations, I have consistently observed a peculiar phenomenon which I call the head rolling phenomenon. During auscultation of the chest, the patient is seated with the head straight forward and the hands resting in the lap. At the end of a mildly deep inspiration through the open mouth, the patient will inadvertently or unknowingly roll the head from one side to the other with a slight upward thrusting of the chin. The motion is
Swillinger E. The Head Rolling Phenomenon. Ann Intern Med. ;112:149–150. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-2-149_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(2):149-150.
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