To the Editor.
—While reading the article by Wasson et al1 on scheduled outpatient follow-up by telephone, I remembered one wild night that occurred during my residency. I tried to reassure a worried mother over the telephone by having her hold the telephone mouthpiece against her child's chest. Imagine my surprise when I heard end-expiratory wheezes through the instrument! I have used the technique since and found it a useful supplement. A limited physical examination by telephone auscultation is possible, using available technology.
Karr MD. Just Reach Out and Percuss Someone. JAMA. 1992;268(5):604. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490050052023