Six cases for keeping the stethoscope

Professor Valentin Fuster, editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, is concerned that medical students are becoming too reliant on modern technology. In the two days prior to writing his latest editorial he had six instances where his stethoscope made a significant difference to a diagnosis, and potentially patient outcome:

  1. A patient with acute chest pain and fever, whose echocardiogram ‘did not even show pericardial