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Trainees in internal medicine and cardiology decry the lack of teaching they receive in the art of the cardiovascular physical examination. They often are befuddled when confronting a patient with a murmur, contrasting with the ease with which they interpret coronary arteriograms or echocardiograms. We should all lament the loss of basic clinical skills, because in the increasingy complex world of cardiac diagnosis, failure to master them is like trying to run the split-T offense in football without first learning to block or tackle. Clinical conundrums regarding the interpretation of laboratory studies abound, because clinicians do not relate these studies
Clinical Auscultation of the Cardiovascular System. Ann Intern Med. ;112:799–800. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-10-799_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(10):799-800.
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