Letters Digital rectal examination

Good medical practice

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3949 (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3949
  1. Jeremy Snape, geriatrician1,
  2. Bryony Elliott, StR4 geriatric/general medicine1
  1. 1King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4JL, UK
  1. jeremy.snape{at}sfh-tr.nhs.uk

Spence may be being deliberately provocative in arguing that digital rectal examination is bad medicine,1 but in geriatric and general medicine rectal examination is important other than for detecting rectal tumours or assessing the prostate.

As has been emphasised …

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