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    Should neurologists throw away their stethoscopes?

    As a long term and avid reader of Practical Neurology I was somewhat surprised by the article and correspondence suggesting that the stethoscope is now an irrelevancy to clinical neurologists (Practical Neurology 2010;10:344) On the contrary, I believe neurologists should still use their stethoscopes. Heres why.

    Most neck bruits indicate underlying arterial disease. For instance, in a study comparing the 'blind...

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    sometimes a stethoscope may be more of a hinderance than a help

    The irony of the provocative invocation "Get rid of your stethoscope"(1) is that, for evaluation of systolic blood pressure(SBP) in the context of hypertension-related neurological disorders such as stroke(hypertension being the underlying cause of 54% of strokes worldwide)(2), and reversible cerebral vasoconstrictor syndrome(3), palpatory measurement of sytolic blood pressure may be a good substitute for auscultation, a...

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    I like my stethoscope!
    • Nitin K. Sethi, Assistant Professor of Neurology
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      • Prahlad K. Sethi, Josh Torgovnick, Edward Arsura

    We read with interest Dr. Hawkes point of view titled "get rid of your stethoscope"1. In his indomitable style of writing (which we have grown to appreciate!) he makes a rather outlandish plea to neurologists around the world to sell their stethoscopes and move on to new more fancy gizmos. I trust Dr. Hawkes takes this polarized viewpoint with the intention to spur debate among the readers. Old technology is not synonymous...

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