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October 1949

Clinical Auscultation of the Heart.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(4):661-662. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230040140011

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A hundred and three years ago, Dr. Henry I. Bowditch of the Harvard Medical School wrote "The Young Stethoscopist," in which he described all that he could of auscultation of the heart; indeed, his colleague, Dr. Henry J. Bigelow, reviewing the book in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, complimented Dr. Bowditch highly by saying that he had booked Laennec up to date and had compressed his genius into a prodigiously small volume.

Now, two other authors from the Harvard Medical School continue "to book Laennec up to date." They have written an ingenious sequel to "The Young Stethoscopist," in which they discuss auscultation of the heart, not by means of the ear alone but by combining what the ear can hear with what the electrocardiograph reveals in regard to cardiac action and with what the eye sees of the heart sounds as they are photographed electrically.

The result is

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