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July 16, 1927


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Lafayette, Ind.

JAMA. 1927;89(3):226-227. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690030058032

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To the Editor:  —In the summer of 1862, I was a medical student in the office of the celebrated anatomist Robert Laughlin Rea. There were several private students in the city, and during the vacation period we attended clinic on Wednesdays and Saturdays, each member of the faculty giving one a month. One day, during Dr. J. Adams Allen's clinic, a woman brought in a small child. It looked like "the last rose of summer," and had a hacking cough, suffused eyes and hot skin. Dr. Allen said, "Beasley, find out what is the matter with that child." Dr. Rea had instructed me in auscultation and percussion, especially on the normal sounds. He had often said, "Get the normal healthy sounds of the lungs and heart fixed in your memory and you'll readily know when they are wrong." We used tactile sense prior to the invention of the fever thermometer.

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