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My best friend

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a995
  1. Hakan Buyukhatipoglu, internist, Gaziantep University School of Medicine, Gaziantep, Turkey
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    There is one cartoon that always makes me chuckle—a physician at a “lost and found” kiosk holds up a picture of a stethoscope and says, “I think I have lost my stethoscope. It looks something like this.”

    I never thought of the stethoscope as a necessary instrument until the government assigned me to work in a rural area of Turkey. Similarly, I never believed that the old physical examination books could be useful because they focused on such outdated examination techniques, asking questions such as: “When you hear a cardiac murmur, …

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