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June 1958

Cardio-Charting: Universal Method of Recording Heart Auscultation.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(6):1180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260180170035

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The chief purpose of this fifty-eight-page manual is to describe a method of presenting cardiac auscultatory findings in graphic form rather than in descriptive language in a patient's written record. Symbols are used to denote pitch and intensity of heart sounds as well as pertinent information about murmurs. The author suggests that this method of charting heart sounds and murmurs will simplify difficulties in communication and perhaps increase the accuracy of the recorded findings. No doubt Dr. Briskier's method will be of some value to the physician interested in becoming adept at this form of shorthand, using either Dr. Briskier's symbols or some of his own devising. It would be convenient for serial examinations of the same patient by the same physician. One rather minor advantage of the graphic method is that it conserves space on the written page. However, inasmuch as auscultation is subjective, I doubt that recording the

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