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Books, Journals, New Media
November 17, 2004


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(19):2403-2408. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2404

Sir William Osler told students, “Mitral stenosis may be concealed under a quarter of a dollar. It is the most difficult of all heart diseases to diagnose.” In the modern era, the probability of missing such a cardiac condition using echocardiography is close to zero. During the last century and into the new one, the lost art of cardiac physical examination has been supplanted by imaging modalities, such as echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomographic scanning.

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