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Old 12th Nov 2019, 11:04
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In 30 years of going to old and young GPs regularly for routine check ups, I've not had a stethoscope used on me. On, I think, two occasions when I've had respiratory problems, it's come out and been used.
The vet used it on my old dog at every check up.
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 11:25
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Originally Posted by strake View Post
Yep, mine too but it seems to just be part of the process necessary before he prescribes yet another bucketful of pills....and I'm not even ill! If ever anyone is taken poorly in France, just knock on the nearest door. Every household has enough drugs to perform minor surgery.


Well you've got to get something out of that mutuelle.........
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 11:42
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Well you've got to get something out of that mutuelle.........
Ha..very true!
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 13:41
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Used one in the old days when balancing the Strombergs on my TR6
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 14:02
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Interesting posts.

It doesn’t look like I will be asked to ‘breathe deeply or cough’ ever again!

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Old 12th Nov 2019, 16:25
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Screwdriver or wood stick from a broom handle?

I use the wood stick, as too much chance that I stick the sharp end of the screwdriver into my ear. I was dealing with quill shafts driving large flywheels to 10-20k rpm internally. When the shaft broke one had the decision point of deciding if the unseen flywheel was still turning, as opening the test machine was not a good idea with a loose flywheel. The wood stick was used to hear the balls or rollers in the bearing clicking if it was still turning and we would go out for lunch and comeback later..

I can tell you from experience that it's not a good idea to use the stick to try and stop a free wheeling spinning flywheel weighing 30 lbs
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 16:39
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Does the tongue out and say ah.
Did he say 'ah' when you stuck your tongue out because he didn't like what he saw or because he had forgotten something?
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 22:02
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Have to say on reading earlier posts, that if ever my GP whips out a screwdriver in my presence I shall be a fast diminishing dot in the distance. Hmmm, there's an idea for reducing waiting times...
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Old 13th Nov 2019, 21:43
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Can you still crack a safe with one ?
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Old 13th Nov 2019, 22:22
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Originally Posted by lomapaseo View Post

I can tell you from experience that it's not a good idea to use the stick to try and stop a free wheeling spinning flywheel weighing 30 lbs
Especially if the other end is in your ear!
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Old 13th Nov 2019, 22:34
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Whilst out for a walk this morning I spotted a water company chap using a long stick "stethoscope". He was walking along the lane and stopping every few feet to listen to the ground, ear bent over a flat bit at the top end of the stick. I asked what he was doing and he told me that he was listening to a leak in a water main, and trying to pinpoint where it was. When I drove out of the village this afternoon there was a hole in the lane, lots of water, and a couple of chaps working away, so I'd guess he must have found the leak OK. Interesting to see such a simple technique being used. Somehow I thought they might have some bit of fancy technology to find leaks, rather than a listening stick.
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Old 14th Nov 2019, 03:19
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It wasn't one of these was it?

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Old 14th Nov 2019, 03:30
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It wasn't one of these was it?

Must have been a hell of a motorcycle accident
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Old 14th Nov 2019, 08:46
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I was going to suggest "still too late in the round-out, Hoskins..."
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Old 14th Nov 2019, 08:58
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Originally Posted by VP959 View Post
Whilst out for a walk this morning I spotted a water company chap using a long stick "stethoscope". He was walking along the lane and stopping every few feet to listen to the ground, ear bent over a flat bit at the top end of the stick. I asked what he was doing and he told me that he was listening to a leak in a water main, and trying to pinpoint where it was. When I drove out of the village this afternoon there was a hole in the lane, lots of water, and a couple of chaps working away, so I'd guess he must have found the leak OK. Interesting to see such a simple technique being used. Somehow I thought they might have some bit of fancy technology to find leaks, rather than a listening stick.
That's a well known technique VP and has been used for a long time in that industry. That's not to say there may not be something more sophisticated available - a stick with a loudspeaker on top of it for example?
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Old 14th Nov 2019, 23:18
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I read somewhere that the (or an...) original stethoscope was a rolled up sheet of paper. The doctor was too shy to put his ear directly onto a lady patient's chest.
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Old 15th Nov 2019, 03:11
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Originally Posted by Davidsa View Post
I read somewhere that the (or an...) original stethoscope was a rolled up sheet of paper. The doctor was too shy to put his ear directly onto a lady patient's chest.

You don't need no stinkin ear if you've got a mouth
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Old 16th Nov 2019, 04:37
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I've read that those with musical training are far better at picking up irregular heart beats than the average doctor...

It is a skill few have time to learn, much less practice.
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Old 16th Nov 2019, 04:41
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Oh, and the nurse (?) in my doctor's practice who routinely let the pressure cuff go up to 220 before releasing it to measure my blood pressure???

THAT was painful.

I am so glad she doesn't work there anymore...
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Old 16th Nov 2019, 14:06
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Originally Posted by Davidsa View Post
I read somewhere that the (or an...) original stethoscope was a rolled up sheet of paper. The doctor was too shy to put his ear directly onto a lady patient's chest.
Yup, its true and his name was Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec (1781–1826)
You can read all about it at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1570491/

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