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.
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.
Sleik K, Klein AL. Cardiology. JAMA. 2004;292(19):2403-2408. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2404