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June 8, 1907

Rubber Tube Percussion.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(23):1954-1955. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520490046014

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Monrovia, Cal., May 25, 1907.

To the Editor:  —In replying to Dr. Klebs' article in The Journal, April 6, 1907, page 1187, relative to "Rubber Tube Percussion," I prefer to discuss the merits of the question only, as sarcasm has no bearing on scientific truths. I am aware of the fact that I did not enter into a careful discussion of all the minute details connected with the theories of percussion in the short article in which I described the use of the new method. I simply called attention to the method in the hope that other men might give it a fair trial and determine its value.Percussion of the chest by ordinary methods is at best unsatisfactory; and, as practiced by many physicians, is unreliable and worthless. During recent years I have acquainted myself with most of the different varieties of percussion and have compared my findings by

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