Ivory and silver pleximeter
Percussion--Equipment and supplies
Diagnosis--Equipment and supplies
Used to locate thoracic lesions by percussion Auenbrugger
Ebony with notches for measurement and ornately-decorated silver handles on either side for easy handling. Leopold Auenbrugger, who reinvented percussion as a diagnostic technique, employed a special instrument called a pleximeter although later most American physicians preferred to use their index fingers to percuss their patients. The pleximeter was held on the skin, and tapped with the hammer (percussor).
Auenbrugger, Leopold, 1722-1809
Health Sciences Library
State University of New York at Buffalo
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Ivory and silver
Auenbrugger, Leopold, 1722-1809, “Ivory and silver pleximeter,” Digital Collections - University at Buffalo Libraries, accessed October 21, 2018, https://ubdigit.buffalo.edu/items/show/16852.