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August 1937

PULSATIONS OF THE WALL OF THE CHESTI. GENERAL CONSIDERATION

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;60(2):225-239. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00180020049004
Abstract

The earlier clinicians, not having elaborate apparatus and complicated laboratory methods at their disposal, attempted to find signs of diagnostic value by careful observation at the bedside with the simplest clinical devices. Today these old clinical methods of examination cannot be renounced; indeed, special attention should be given to them. A large majority of physicians are not in a position to use elaborate apparatus or complicated laboratory methods at the bedside; furthermore, careful clinical observations—as may be demonstrated in the case of pulsatory phenomena—give important clues in diagnosis, clues such as can be brought to light by no other methods of examination, regardless of how elaborate. Following the example of the old clinicians, in my studies of diagnostically important pulsations of the wall of the chest I have made use of the simplest method, namely, careful inspection and palpation of the thoracic wall. In order that this method may lead

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