To the Editor.—I read with considerable interest the description of "abdominal palpation by stethoscope" by Dr Meyerowitz (Arch Surg 111:831, 1976).
I too have been very impressed with this technique; however, I was some-what disappointed not to find earlier references to its use noted.
For academic and historic reasons, I think it worthy to note Dr Mellinkoff's description of this useful sign1 and to further note Dr Oldstone's caution in its use and interpretation.2
SELTZER MH. Abdominal Palpation by Stethoscope. Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):538. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040190032