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August 5, 1992

Just Reach Out and Percuss Someone

Author Affiliations

Oregon City, Ore

JAMA. 1992;268(5):604. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490050052023

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.