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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
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AM/PM Session - 18 April 2017 - Why doctors still need stethoscopes

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,132 Teacher
Today´s article was about why doctor´s still wear stethoscopes (even though they don´t really need them anymore!):


Vocabulary Top 10:

notion - an idea or opinion

shadowing - following and watching someone who is doing a job in order to learn how to do the job yourself

devote - to decide that something will be used for a special purpose : to use time, money, energy, attention, etc. for something

flimsy - easily broken, torn, etc. : not strong or solid

clinician - a person, such as a doctor or nurse, who works directly with patients rather than in a laboratory or as a researcher

considered - to think of or regard someone or something in a specified way

elated - very happy and excited

beam - a long and heavy piece of wood or metal that is used as a support in a building or ship

anachronistic - a person or a thing that seems to belong to the past and not to fit in the present

pore through (also pore over) - to read or study something very carefully

Do you trust your doctor more when they use a stethoscope? What other things make you trust a doctor?


  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,072 mod
    I woke up this morning and guess what!
    I had a dream and it had something to do with this article!
  • NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,132 Teacher
    @april you´re keeping us in suspense! I hope we can hear about it tomorrow!
  • shadyrashedshadyrashed Posts: 70 ✭✭
    I get comfortable when doctors take enough time to inspect me ,but when they didn't take time I got doubt that they diagnosed my case probably, I know that sometimes they can diagnose the case quickly because they are specialised and May be the case Will be easy, in this case I cannot trust theirs opinion, I know that I am wrong, do your agree with me ?
  • shadyrashedshadyrashed Posts: 70 ✭✭
    I think I still like the child -version doctors visit
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,151 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Luckily I haven't spent so much time visiting doctors and hopefully, it will remain the same.
    But what is my perception of doctors(especially general practitioners) appearances is that they wear white coats, white trousers or skirts, white clogs and one funny equipment, which they wear similar as a necklace is worn around the necks, called the stethoscope.
    I don't know, maybe I just got used to seeing them carrying a stethoscope but I can't imagine a GP without this equipment in their armamentarium.
    Developing of the technology in Medicine is certain and some devices definitely should be replaced with some better, new devices which are getting better results.
    But that developing undoubtedly means that we will rely even more and more on the technology than on our own abilities(I'm not complaining because it is not bad that someone or 'something' could do it instead of you but just because future is uncertain).
    In new devices are embedded a lot of different electronics, different programs, so it is not impossible that these devices could fail in working or 'to cancel obedience'.
    Because of this reason, I think that we not only should 'preserve a stethoscope of extinction' but also similar anachronistic devices.
    In addition to learning medicine students, during their educational program, how to use new devices and apps they should ,even more, parallelly learn how to use the old ones.
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