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Inspiration From The Wine Barrel in an Inn Auenbrugger

Scientist Joseph Leopald Auenbrugger (1722 to 1809) was born in Austria; he invented the art of percussion of the chest or abdomen to detect some diseases.

The percussion note is resonance elicited when the chest is struck upon with flexed fingers; there are two varieties, direct and indirect percussion.

The father of Auenbrugger was a prosperous innkeeper who used to confirm the level of wine in a barrel by the aid of percussion.

Young Auenbrugger took clue from this procedure.

At the age of 29 Scientist Auenbrugger was appointed in the Spanish Military Hospital.

In 1761 Scientist Auenbrugger published his book Inventum Novum or A New Discovery that Enables the Physician from the Percussion of the Human Thorax to Detect the Diseases Hidden within the Chest.

A normal percussion note sounds like the note given by a drum covered with a woolen cloth; the note becomes dull over the heart and over the right lower costal margin where the liver, a solid organ is situated.

Percussion is an art; it has to be mastered by assiduous practice.

Wrong attempts like ‘woodpecker’s percussion’ are not only non-informative but inelegant.

In view of the high prevalence of tuberculosis in Vienna at that time, he had a fund of clinical material.

Percussion is one of the four pillars in the (edifice of) “clinical diagnosis” — inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation.

Scientist Auenbrugger was a busy practitioner, his hobby was music.

Scientist Auenbrugger wrote a light opera, The Chimney Sweep.

Scientist Auenbrugger was knighted because of his personal popularity.
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