Medicine: Sounds of Sickness

Many mothers believe that they can determine whether a baby is ill or merely hungry by the way it cries. A South African pediatrician believes that doctors can often diagnose an infant's illness or defect from the sound of its crying. With this in mind, Dr. Eugene Weinberg catalogued 20 characteristic sounds and identified the conditions that cause them. Now he has produced a recording of these cries to help other physicians recognize and understand them.

Titled Sound Diagnosis, Dr. Weinberg's record is a heart-rending collection of the sounds of sickness. On it is...

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