It’s not all just pan systolic this and grade 2 that – murmurs have a lot of subtle nuances, and it’s an area where old school clinical skills come to the fore. We’re not going to deny that echo has revolutionised the diagnosis of valvular heart disease, but picking up a Cabot Locke at the bedside is a damn impressive way to diagnose anaemia.
What is a Cabot Locke murmur I hear you ask? Well that and a collection of other eponymous murmurs are listed for you with a brief review at NEJM, along with some audio for your listening pleasure.
Check it out here. Oh, and the dude in the picture? Austin Flint. I know – awesome mutton chops.