At the meeting of the International Medical Congress in London, in 1881, I read a paper on "The Analytical study of Auscultation and Percussion." From that paper the following extracts are quoted with reference to their bearing on the purpose of this communication to the American Medical Association:—
"Since the time of Laennec much has been added to our knowledge of auscultation and percussion. It must be said, however, that the enlargement of their scope and the increase in precision of their application to diagnosis, have not been commensurate with the study given to them, and with the place which they have filled in medical literature. A considerable share of the attention which they have received has been directed to the mechanism of physical signs, a highly interesting branch of inquiry, but not essential to their practical utility, and involving much liability to error. The number of signs has by
FLINT A. A UNIFORM NOMENCLATURE OF PHYSICAL SIGNS OCCURRING IN CONNECTION WITH THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. JAMA. 1885;IV(23):617–618. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390980001001
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