The Bedside Evaluation: Ritual and Reason

  title={The Bedside Evaluation: Ritual and Reason},
  author={Abraham C Verghese and Erika Brady and Cari Costanzo Kapur and Ralph I Horwitz},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  pages={550 - 553}
The bedside evaluation, consisting of the history and physical examination, was once the primary means of diagnosis and clinical monitoring. The recent explosion of imaging and laboratory testing has inverted the diagnostic paradigm. Physicians often bypass the bedside evaluation for immediate testing and therefore encounter an image of the patient before seeing the patient in the flesh. In addition to risking delayed or missed diagnosis of readily recognizable disease, physicians who forgo or… 
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