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April 1992

Ludwig Traube: The Man and His Space

Author Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine Texas Tech University 4800 Alberta Ave El Paso, TX 79905-1298; Department of Internal Medicine East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 37614

Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(4):701-703. doi:10.1001/archinte.1992.00400160019005

The detection of dullness to percussion in the left hemithorax raises the possibility of pleural effusion, consolidation, or atelectasis. Percussion of Traube's space, a semilunar tympanitic area overlying the gas bubble in the stomach, is a valuable maneuver in this regard: obliteration of Traube's space favors a pleural effusion. Knowledge of the remarkable life of Traube, and the ability to demonstrate the utility of his sign on rounds, provides an opportunity in a technologic age to remind the medical student of the romance of bedside medicine.

(Arch Intern Med. 1992;152:701703)