George A. Sarosi, MD
Corresponding Author: George A. Sarosi, MD, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417; e-mail, email@example.com.
Sarosi GA. My Stethoscope. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:62-63. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-1-201201030-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(1_Part_1):62-63.
As I dug through the drawers of a forgotten cabinet, I found my old slide rule. Forty-five years ago, this instrument had been critical to my daily life and dangled from my belt for at least 2 years. It saw steady, daily use, and with it, I was able to do complex calculations effortlessly. I immediately tried to use it, and to my chagrin, I found I could not. Even after searching online for operating instructions, I found it all but impossible.
Directly under this archeological stratum that had preserved the slide rule was my old, broken stethoscope—an original Leatham chest piece with the aluminum little bell broken off. As I reverently took the remnant of the instrument out of the drawer, I remembered the process that had led to choosing this stethoscope over all the others.
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