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January 17, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(3):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390780019003

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—In the first number of the current volume of the Journal, at page 15, will be found an abstract of the views recently published by Haupt, in the Aerztliches Intelligenzblate, concerning the " Perception of Sound in Auscultation." The conclusion at which he arrives is, that the sounds are transmitted through the solid part of the stethoscope, and that the hollow part or tube is entirely superfluous. Knowing that the question presented by Haupt had been thoroughly investigated, and the comparative value of solid and hollow or tubular stethoscopes fully tested clinically in this country many years since, we let the abstract appear solely for the purpose of re-calling attention to the subject, which is one of much clinical importance. Even sooner than we expected the statements of Haupt have elicited the three following letters in reply, which so fully negative the views of Haupt, that we will give them instead

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