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August 25, 1923

WHISPERED BRONCHOPHONY IN EARLY TUBERCULOSIS

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Springfield, Mass.

JAMA. 1923;81(8):679. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650080061029

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —During the past year I have been greatly interested in the several articles that have appeared in The Journal concerning the diagnosis of early tuberculosis of the lungs. Not a few of these articles have dealt with the subject by laying special emphasis on the physical signs exhibited by the patient at examination—and rightly so. It has surprised me, however, to observe that in several instances no mention has been made of the transmission of the whispered voice sound over the infected area. Inspection of the chest during respiration, tactile fremitus, supraclavicular depressions, percussion, and auscultation from the point of view of räles have been adequately discussed. Whispered bronchophony or a high pitched whispered voice sound is of value in diagnosing both types of early tuberculosis in the chest (i. e., the adult type of apical lesion, and the glandular infections of the young).As a rule,

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