The jugular veins: gateway to the heart

Andrew Elder and Balakrishnan (Kichu) R Nair
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01232
Published online: 20 March 2017

We appreciate Woodhouse’s interest in our article1 and agree that teaching of the examination of the jugular venous pulsation should be clear. However, his apparent criticism of our approach regarding the positioning of the patient simply reflects differences in the intended purpose of that examination.

  • Andrew Elder1
  • Balakrishnan (Kichu) R Nair2

  • 1 Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom, London, UK
  • 2 Centre for Medical Professional Development, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW


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