Letters Clinical breast examination

Let’s keep clinical breast examination until the breast service is reconfigured

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7422 (Published 07 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7422
  1. James B Bristol, breast surgeon1
  1. 1Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham GL53 7AN, UK
  1. bristols{at}gmail.com

I am unsure whether examining a patient can ever be “bad medicine.”1 Nonetheless, the tenor of the argument is correct. Times have changed: within the secondary tier, as Spence indicates, it is (or should be) unusual for patients with breast symptoms …

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