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August 31, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530090053004

As the science of medicine grows older and the number of workers in the field of medical inquiry increases, new methods of diagnosis are constantly being added or old methods are modified. In some instances the tests of time and of independent investigation show that a new diagnostic method is not so pathognomonic as its originator thought, but under these circumstances it often happens that the method is still found to have value as a corroborator of other methods and serves as a link in a diagnostic chain of evidence. Among the new tests which have been used in Europe for some time, but have not been especially noted in this country, is the so-called vibrating sensation, sometimes spoken of as "bone sensibility" or as "pallesthesia."

If the foot of a tuning fork of a certain size is placed over subcutaneous bony prominences or surfaces a peculiar vibrating sensation is

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