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Soundings

Abraham Verghese

‘On the first day of June, 1972, I was taught how to percuss the body.’

On the first day of June, 1972, I was taught how to percuss the body. That night, lying flat on my back, the sheets pulled away and the lights off, I started just above my right lung, high, at the level of my nipple, pressing the middle finger of my left hand against my skin. I cocked my right wrist…


Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese is professor of medicine at Texas Tech University, El Paso. His book Soundings: A Doctor’s Life in the Age of Aids was published by Phoenix House in Britain and, under the title My Own Country, by Simon and Schuster in the United States.

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