Archives for April 2013

Examination of the Trachea

Did you know there’s an exam specific to the trachea? Watch our video by Visiting Professor, Dr. Andrew Elder, as he shows us how to conduct the examination of the trachea! *|YOUTUBE:RBVBnG35q04|*

Split Fixed Second Heart Sound & Loud P2

Here is video showing an actual patient from Stanford Hospital describing the fixed split second heart sound and a loud pulmonic valve (P2). *|YOUTUBE:pgDEvXzMCHI|*

The History of the Reflex Hammer

Did you know the first hammers weren’t used for reflexes? They were initially used for percussion. The first hammer used for percussion was created by a Scottish physician Sir David Barry in the early 1800’s. In 1870, Wilhelm Heinrich Erb recognized the diagnostic use of the percussion hammer in the patellar (or knee-erk) reflex. Together

Dr. Andrew Elder Visiting Stanford

We are delighted to have Dr. Andrew Elder visiting us from Edinburgh, Scotland for almost three months. He is a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine for Older People at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. Dr. Elder is currently here on

Abraham Verghese’s TED Talk: Over one million views!

Dr. Verghese was invited to speak at the TED Global in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011. He spoke about the importance of the physical exam and how we physicians are in danger of losing the connection with our patients as we focus more on technology and the electronic medical record. To date, the video on the

Stanford Medicine 25 Clinical Pearl Award

This year, the medical student interest group created a “Clinical Pearl Award” that challenged medical students to create a clinical pearl through an essay, a step-by-step photo guide or a video demonstration. This first ever contest at Stanford was awarded to Shoa Clarke’s essay entitled “The internist’s vein” and The Flu Crew’s (narrated by Kelsey