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February 5, 1938

On Percussion of the Chest. Being a Translation of Auenbrugger's Original Treatise Entitled "Inventum novum ex percussione thoracis humani, ut signo abstrusos interni pectoris morbos detegendi." [Vienna, 1761.]

JAMA. 1938;110(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060056031

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This is a reprint of the translation of Auenbrugger's original treatise by John Forbes in 1824, to which there is a brief introduction by Henry E. Sigerist. It took Auenbrugger seven years to work out his method, and half a century passed before the method had general adoption. In 1821 Forbes published a translation of the book by R. T. H. Laénnec on auscultation. Five editions of that work were published between 1821 and 1838. The edition published in 1824 included also this translation of the treatise by Auenbrugger.

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