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[Correspondence] Clinical examination nowadays

I am a retired physician and teacher. I studied medicine and taught it with a strong emphasis on taking the history of patients and physical examination before diagnosis. I have told my students that in more than half of patients, the history is the main determinant of the diagnosis. With the gradual shift of emphasis towards technology, I now see doctors facing the patient with a laptop in front of them, asking few questions then, with a limited or no physical examination, handing the patient a long list of tests to be done in the laboratory and various imaging facilities.

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