Letters Is clinical examination dead?

Patients are mismanaged when they are well investigated but not well examined

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3982 (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3982
  1. Roger H Armour, retired consultant surgeon1
  1. 1Lister Hospital, Stevenage SG1 4AB, UK
  1. roger.armour{at}btinternet.com

Patel seems to be playing devil’s advocate in arguing that clinical examination is dead, but he does not go far enough.1 Why not programme robots to take a history, order a vast array of scans to avoid missing anything, and print out evidence …

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