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An old friend

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1529
  1. Graham Sutton, consultant in public health
  1. Wakefield.

    It was high time I chucked away my old stethoscope. Much was wrong with that battered, grubby Littman: the rubber ring missing from the bell, the warped metal end tube, the left ear piece fallen off. All of which had little to do with the fact that I could never hear anything through it.

    Junior medical days had been a nightmare, the eminent physician inviting us all to listen to his classic case of reverse splitting of the fifth heart sound, and me barely able to hear lup-dup. Eventually I developed a perverse pride in this disability: …

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