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May 7, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(19):519-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391440015004

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With our increase in knowledge and means of clinical research has been developed a disposition to undervalue the methods and ideas of our forefathers. With the multiplication of instruments for diagnosis, much of the oldtime dependence upon the eye and finger has been lost. This is particularly true with regard to the pulse. Hence it is with satisfaction that we direct attention to the Croonian Lectures delivered last month in London, before the Royal College of Physicians, by Dr. William H. Broadbent, upon "The Pulse." The speaker excused himself for venturing to consider so old a subject on the ground that there has been a great "awakening of interest" in this direction, and that, although much has been learned, there is still a great deal to be acquired. The lectures may be found entire in the British Medical Journal, of March 26, April 2 and 9, 1887, and the Lancet

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