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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 22/29, 2007


JAMA. 2007;298(8):932. doi:10.1001/jama.298.8.932

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 the other methods and serves as a link in the 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.”

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