Ludwig Traube: The Man and His Space

Abraham Verghese, Guha Krish, Anand Karnad

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Abstract

The detection of dullness to percussion in the left hemithorax raises the possibility of pleural effusion, consolidation, or atelectasis. Percussion of Traube’s space, a semilunar tympanitic area overlying the gas bubble in the stomach, is a valuable maneuver in this regard: obliteration of Traube’s space favors a pleural effusion. Knowledge of the remarkable life of Traube, and the ability to demonstrate the utility of his sign on rounds, provides an opportunity in a technologic age to remind the medical student of the romance of bedside medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume152
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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