BP measurements and Stethoscope use

robert bell rmsbell at ESEDONA.NET
Sat Sep 14 22:06:56 UTC 2013


So across the spectrum of age, experience, hearing loss, etc. how inaccurate is the stethoscope?

Sounds like an Institute of Medicine project! 

Rob Bell

On Sep 14, 2013, at 2:43 PM, Peggy Zuckerman wrote:

> Rob,
> If someone invented the stethoscope yesterday, and tried to introduce it to the medical world, advising that one could just "listen" to the varying sounds, and from there, diagnosis with certainty a wide range of diseases and problems, he would be laughed off the block.  When there are more objective ways to measure hearts, which permit comparisons between professionals and institutions, listening with a stethoscope sounds like the equivalent of my touching the child's head with the back of my hand.  Tells me something, but not much, and not verifiable.
> Peggy Z
> www.peggyRCC.wordpress.com 
> On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM, robert bell <rmsbell at esedona.net> wrote:
> Dear Bill,
> I have often thought that taking blood pressure in the office is one of the worst things that the medical profession does

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