Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Palpation

  • 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. Spring 2020 |…

  • Pain and palpation: reading the body narrative with the osteopathic medical touch

    Aneesa Sataur Miami, Florida, United States   “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” (Definition of Pain, The International Association for the Study of Pain, 2010)1 Andrew Taylor Still, 1914 Pain is a complex sensation that incorporates the mental and the physical.…