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Letters Is clinical examination dead?

Author’s reply to Armour, Coll, Thomas, and Witham

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3989
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor1
  1. 1London, UK
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

There is a middle ground when it comes to clinical examination.1 2 3 4 5 Clearly never examining anyone is not a safe or prudent course for any medical professional. However, recognising the limitations of clinical examination is important, limitations that become more apparent as medical technology progresses and the other tools in our armamentarium become safer and more reliable than …

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