How effective is the stethoscope at eliciting pathology?

I have been thinking for a while, most tests in medicine have a sensitivity and specificity when related to pathology. How does this relate to examination findings and especially those done with the stethoscope in cardiological and respiratory examinations?

Authored By Gareth Lewis on Wednesday 26th September 2012

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Jamie McPherson
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Medical Student - Newcastle
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Posted over 7 years ago

Examination findings can be and are evaluated in just the same way as any other test. Some have very good inter-observer reliability and predictive value and some don't (for example Allen's test). I've found "Physical diagnosis secrets

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Debkumar Chowdhury
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Clinical Fellow Surgery - West of Scotland
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Posted over 7 years ago

The use of a stethoscope can be only be as good as the clinical acumen of the user. Clinical medicine has long been there even before the invention of the mere stethoscope. One must keep in mind that examination using whatever technique only contribute

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