Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Mandarin doctor examines the patient’s pulse

This nineteenth century Mandarin doctor is flouting the traditionally accepted rules of medical examination of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. He is intently focusing on the patient’s pulse but seems to have omitted the preliminary step of inspection in that he is looking away from his patient instead of looking at her.

Credit: A doctor taking the pulse of a woman patient. Credit: Wellcome CollectionAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Spring 2020

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