In praise of the physical examination

  title={In praise of the physical examination},
  author={Abraham C Verghese and Ralph I Horwitz},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
It provides reason and ritual 
Anhaltende bzw. chronische Müdigkeit unbekannter Ätiologie
Obwohl anhaltende oder chronische Mudigkeit in der Grundversorgungsmedizin sehr haufig vorkommt, wird oftmals keine biomedizinische Ursache dafur gefunden.
Include heart murmurs
  • F. Dunn
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2010
The reference to white coats in Verghese and Horwitz’s editorial is out of date in the UK.1 These are almost extinct now in UK hospitals because …
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Culture shock--patient as icon, icon as patient.
  • A. Verghese
  • Medicine
    The New England journal of medicine
  • 2008
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