DAK defends stethoscope use

Countering the viewpoint of an Indian-origin cardiologist in US that stethoscope is dead, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said the instrument is a powerful diagnostic tool in medical practice.
DAK defends stethoscope use
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Countering the viewpoint of an Indian-origin cardiologist in US that stethoscope is dead, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said the instrument is a powerful diagnostic tool in medical practice.

Defending the use of 200-year-old medical implement, president DAK, Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that with passage of time its relevance, utility and contribution to bed-side diagnosis has not declined at all.

"Replacing it with hand-held ultrasound seems unlikely because a stethoscope can hear the rubs of the covering of heart and changing heart murmur, the hallmark of certain diseases, which ultrasound is not likely to do," Dr Nisar said.

"No doubt, advances in technology are useful and have helped to create better care but that does not mean stethoscope has stopped working."

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