[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.