Tag Archives: Auscultation

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 […]

The history of the stethoscope

 MAS Ahmed Romford, United Kingdom Victoria Turnock London, UK Laennec’s stethoscope circa 1819. No other symbol is as entwined with the concept of being a doctor as the stethoscope. It is currently one of the most widely used tools that doctors and nurses use for diagnostic purposes. Before its invention auscultation was done by placing […]

Auscultation

Daly Walker Boca Grande, Florida, United States Arterial Nests, 2009 (detail) Michelle Frick, New York Cast silicone, intravenous line, ceramic, 30 x 18” silkscreen lightbox, sound   In the hospital’s x-ray department, Dad and I entered a small room with a wall of lighted boxes. A man with dyed reddish hair sat, sipping at a […]