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April 1977

Abdominal Palpation by Stethoscope

Author Affiliations

Livingston, NJ

Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):538. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040190032

To the Editor.—I read with considerable interest the description of "abdominal palpation by stethoscope" by Dr Meyerowitz (Arch Surg 111:831, 1976).

I too have been very impressed with this technique; however, I was some-what disappointed not to find earlier references to its use noted.

For academic and historic reasons, I think it worthy to note Dr Mellinkoff's description of this useful sign1 and to further note Dr Oldstone's caution in its use and interpretation.2