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What Your Doctor’s Really Thinking (But Won’t Say to Your Face)

Your doctor strides into the room, a stethoscope draped around her neck. In the course of the visit, she places the end of the stethoscope on your chest, closes her eyes, and listens intently to your heart. You assume your physician is gathering important information.

What you don’t know is that this is more ritual than diagnostic tool. Yes, the heart sounds are a potential rich source of information about the functioning of the heart—it’s just that there is little evidence that most doctors get much out of listening.

There are a few master clinicians, steeped in the art of auscultation, who pride themselves on their ability to hear subtle heart sounds and make remarkable…

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 What Your Doctor’s Really Thinking (But Won’t Say to Your Face)

Here's what your doctors would tell you if they weren't worried about time, lawsuits, or hurting your feelings.


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