Salute to the stethoscopeBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39605.583611.3A (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1326
- Michael O’Donnell, former general practitioner; journeyman writer and broadcaster
- 1Loxhill GU8 4BD
Is Spence really unaware of the pioneering work of the postwar generation of general practitioners who re-established the stethoscope as a valuable aid not to auscultation but to meditation?1 I can still recall the thrill of discovering that if I placed the business end of my stethoscope over an inert portion of a patient and used the other ends to plug my ears, …
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