Auscultation Skills Breath & Heart Sounds 5th Edition PDF
The stethoscope was invented by the French doctor Rene Laennec, from Quimper, France. He believed that a more modem method to diagnose chest conditions was needed. To listen to his patients’ heartbeats and breathing, he first used rolled-up paper tied with string and realized that the sounds were amplified in comparison to the ear directly on the chest method, which had been the previous practice. He struggled to find a name for his invention, discarding such names as ” sonometer,” “medical comet,”and •’pectrolique.” Or “thoraciscope.”
Finally he chose “stethoscope,” literally meaning “I look into the chest” in Greek. We have come a long way from those early days but auscultation of the heart and lung remains a true art form. It is the end product of a marriage of the anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary and cardiovascular system with a practiced skill set. In this text, you will find that each chapter will provide the reader with a pretest and posttest challenge to the anatomy and physiology of underlying pulmonary or cardiac conditions coupled with posttest answers in order to help reinforce the information found in the text.
In addition, not only will the text generated by experts in the field provide you with the understanding of the sound generated from both heart and lung but the accompanying Web site will simulate the sounds associated with both nonnal and abnormal sounds. To reap the rewards of this time-honored method of evaluating the pulmonacy and cardiovascular system. one needs to consider auscultation in the same light as a good consumer of music requiring a great deal of practice in order to ttain the ear. The editor requests that, in order to experience the full effect of this learning tool, you listen to the sounds heard on the Web site as you visualize the actual sound production in the heart or lung. This ties the physiology explained in this text to the sound generated and thus provides the readern.istener with a learning experience, generating a greater understanding of the power of the stethoscope.
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