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Auscultation Teaching Devices and Materials

John P. Finley MD CM

Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

This is a collection of aids for auscultation teaching as of June 2019. I have not critically reviewed all those listed and their inclusion does not necessarily represent endorsement. Unfortunately it is not possible to confirm that all are available. Sources can be found with a search engine. I can not guarantee the accuracy of the web addresses.


teachingheartauscultation.com – includes adult and pediatric cases with live patient recordings and murmur recognition program (see Chapter 6) All downloadable. For individual and group teaching. Open access.

Biosignetics – www.bsignetics.com

Blaufuss Heart sounds and arrhythmias – www.blaufuss.org

Easy auscultation – www.easyauscultation.com

emurmur – https://emurmur.com/academic/

HeartSongs5 Barrett M. –  www.acc.org>heart-songs-5 – recordings of a variety of synthetic heart sounds and commentary emphasizing repetition. Quizzes included. Excellent echo images.

imurmur 2 – the Apple murmur tutor app from itunes

ihuman – http://www.i-human.com/

Johns Hopkins – Thompson WR, Tuchinda – http://murmurlab.org

C Littmann – https://www.littmann.com/3M/en_US/littmann-stethoscopes/education-center/lli-app/

The auscultation assistant – https://www.wilkes.med.ucla.edu

Thinklabs – www.thinklabsmedical.com

U Washington Dept of Medicine – https://depts.washington.edu/physdx/heart/demo.html


Beyond heart sounds. The interactive cardiac exam. Criley JM. Armus Corp. 1999. Burlingame CA. 10 cases with investigations and videos. Question format. Heart Sounds Builder allows creation of sounds and murmurs.

Clinical auscultation of the cardiovascular system. Harvey WP, Canfield DC Laennec Publishing Fairfield NJ 1997. 10 audio tapes including quiz of 61 cases. A classic if you can find it.

Clinical Cardiology. Houghton AR, Sensky PR. OCB Media 2004. Adult murmurs, general cardiac assessment , review of adult clinical cardiology with diagnostic procedures.

Paediatric cardiac auscultation. Altman CA, Nihill MR, Bricker JT. Lippincott,Williams and Wilkins 2000. Live recordings and videos.
Paediatric cardiovascular examination. Mckean M, O’Callaghan C, Runciman M. OCB Media 2006. Pediatric murmurs and general cardiac assessment and review of clinical cardiology, including diagnostic procedures.

Physiological Origins of Heart Sounds and Murmurs. Revised. Criley & Criley. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Date not specified. Recordings, videos, animations with hemodynamics, investigations, etc.

The virtual cardiac patient. A multimedia guide to heartsounds and murmurs. Keroes J, Lieberman D. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2005. 28 simulated heart sound recordings. Quiz format.

Books with recording

Heart sounds made easy. 2nd Ed. Brown EM, Leung TS, Collis WB, Salmon AP. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier 2008

Pediatric Heart Sounds. McConnell ME. Springer 2008

Understanding Pediatric heart sounds and murmurs. Lehrer S. Elsevier 2002





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