BP measurements and Stethoscope use
benbasat at JDC.ORG.IL
Sun Sep 15 05:26:54 UTC 2013
OK, the stethoscope has a limited value for the examination of the heart. What about for the examination of the lungs, particularly for the initial evaluation of a patient with acute dyspnea?
From: Peggy Zuckerman [mailto:peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM]
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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.
On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM, robert bell <rmsbell at esedona.net<mailto:rmsbell at esedona.net>> wrote:
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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