The Theory and Practice of Auscultation.

Jacob I. Hirsch, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):789-791. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050143025.
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The book under review consists of the papers presented at The Ninth Hahnemann Symposium. The contents are divided into an introductory section which is concerned with the physical basis of heart sound and heart murmur generation and the means for their registration, a section on normal and abnormal heart sounds and murmurs, a section on the role of auscultation in congenital heart disease, sections on auscultatory concomitants of rheumatic heart disease, auscultatory concomitants of miscellaneous cardiovascular conditions, and a final section on recent technological advances.

To the audience attending a medical symposium the differences in voices, gestures, and manner of presentation of material by successive speakers are taken more or less in stride. This is in contrast to the acute awareness on the part of the reader of a published symposium to different literary styles of different authors, when the text is available in the permanent printed form that can


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