Auscultation of the Heart.

Jeremiah A. Barondess, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(3):295-296. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290150109036.
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This book, together with an accompanying illustrative long-playing (331/2 rpm) monaural record, represents an attempt to classify, describe, and illustrate the various heart sounds and murmurs, and is offered for practicing physicians as well as for students.

The authors reflect, in the preface to the book, that auscultation "is still the most direct and reliable means of achieving an accurate cardiac diagnosis," and are quite right, in this reviewer's opinion, in their view that a good deal more information can be gotten from cardiac auscultation than is obtained by many physicians. Clearly, the answer to this deficit lies in careful study of the anatomic and physiologic determinants of auscultatory events; such study should be thorough and comprehensive, and must be supplemented by a broad, thoughtfully evaluated and diligently pursued experience at the bedside.

The present volume seems to this reviewer neither thorough nor comprehensive; it does serve to present a


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