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The beginning student reads on page 97 that a routine physical examination takes 10 to 13 minutes. This ludicrously truncated "routine" examination is different from the text's "advanced" examination that more closely resembles the "routine" examination of yesteryear. (It is not clear, for example, that the right middle lobe of the lung is ever examined "routinely" by the authors.) The "advanced" physical examination sections of this text often attain the excellence consistently shown in the book's first two chapters; "Medical Interviewing" and "Adult History and Medical Record."
The student will also read that "A patient with accelerated hypertension typically shows
Clinical Skills: Interviewing, History Taking, and Physical Diagnosis.. Ann Intern Med. ;96:799. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-799_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_part_1):799.
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