Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


The art of physical examination is often forgotten by clinicians in their haste to depend on laboratory tests. This paper described a helpful way to diagnose pleurisy in someone who should have it according to the history. Auscultation of the chest in the supine and lateral decubitus positions will occasionally facilitate the detection of a pleural friction rub when conventional examinations may not do so. Two patients are described in whom this method was used.