Monday, February 28, 2011

The Lost Art of Auscultation

From the nice piece just published in the New York Times:
“He told us that one of the things that had surprised him most about being a patient was that every single person he interacted with — be they nurse, resident, senior physician, respiratory tech, physical therapist — it was as though they had a neon sign on their forehead that said either ‘I care’ or ‘I don’t care.’ ”

But what illuminates those neon signs? What are the clues that were so starkly apparent to me, even in second-year medical students?

Perhaps the answer lies in the medical lexicon. Auscultation — listening to heart sounds with a stethoscope — is a required skill.
Read the whole thing.


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