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Since medicine in the United States has become everybody's business, much is now made of technical advances and of quicker and better ways to accumulate and disseminate medical information. This presumes an increasingly sophisticated laity, eager to share their symptoms and able to understand doctors' explanations. Despite suggestions that people, like machines, can be subjected to preventive maintenance based on the results of serial sequential laboratory determinations, the listening and the laying on of hands, which are the clinical examination, more than ever remain the essence of medicine.
Medical students seldom return to physical diagnosis texts after going on the
Clinical Examination. A Textbook for Students and Doctors by Teachers of the Edinburgh Medical School.. Ann Intern Med. ;67:689. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-3-689_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(3_Part_1):689.
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