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Percussion (medicine)

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In the physical examination, percussion is the "act of striking a part with short, sharp blows as an aid in diagnosing the condition beneath the sound obtained."[1]

Percussion in medicine was developed by Auenbrugger in 1761.[2]


  1. Anonymous (2020), Percussion (medicine) (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Walker HK (1990). “The Origins of the History and Physical Examination”, Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW: Clinical methods: the history, physical, and laboratory examinations, 3rd. London: Butterworths. ISBN 0-409-90077-X.