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May 10, 1965

Telognosis: A Personal Case Report

Author Affiliations

Director, Division of Radiology Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

JAMA. 1965;192(6):575. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080190141037

To the Editor:—  The word "telognosis" was coined to incorporate three terms: teleo, roentgen, and diagnosis. The process involves the transmission of medical records such as roentgenograms and stripcharts by radio or telephone circuits. The concept was originally investigated by my colleagues and me in 1947, with considerable success, using apparatus modeled after that used to send photos by wire for the major news services. Since then, technical improvements have been effected and others are being tested. Recently I had the opportunity of appreciating the advantages of the system at first hand.While my wife and I were traveling abroad, she contracted a severe cold, complicated by acute intermittent precordial pain and an unceasing nonproductive cough. Because she had a cardiac episode four years earlier, I was understandably concerned. When her condition failed to improve in 48 hours, roentgenograms and electrocardiographic studies were done at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel