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And there are no more surgeons, urologists, orthopedists, we are only doctors who suddenly become part of a single team…
Dr Daniele Macchini, Bergamo, Italy (March 2020)
As a surgeon of the orthopaedic variety, I can safely say that I have not had the need to use a stethoscope much in my usual clinical practice (apart from occasionally using it as a tendon hammer when I cannot find one: unlicensed use). Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a lot of us have been deployed to different areas in the hospital (such as the emergency department), so I have had to reacquaint myself with the proper use of a stethoscope again. Thankfully, I am not alone because in the emergency department, I find …
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