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As to your practice, if a gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce him to be an active member of the medical profession."
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I thought, therefore, that it might be of interest to some members of this community to read more about the history of stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers, here is an excellent article, with quotations from newspapers of the day, and illustrations:

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/museum/exhibit98/content/b6_17info.html

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tripleransom
Feb. 23rd, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Cool! I never really understood the systole over diastole bit before. Thanks - interesting article!
med_cat
Feb. 23rd, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, always glad to provide educational material :)
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