Going back to basics: remembering touch in the digital era
  • Beatriz R. Sousa
    Unidade Funcional Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde de São José, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Diogo Faustino
    Unidade Funcional Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde de São José, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Rita Pocinho
    Unidade Funcional Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde de São José, Lisboa, Portugal

Keywords

Physical examination, bedside diagnosis, health technology, internal medicine, critical thinking

Abstract

Internal medicine is the specialty with the most semiological training and it is taught that the combination of a complete clinical history with a thorough physical examination allows for a diagnosis to be reached in the majority of cases. We present a clinical case where an incomplete physical examination interfered with the course of hospitalisation. In a growing technological world where complementary diagnostic tests often allow us to see what is impossible to the eye, the physical examination is often neglected.

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  • Guimarães, F. Which is the real contribution of the clinical history to the diagnosis? Medicina Interna 2011;18:267–268.
  • Peixoto Filho AJ. The rise and fall of of the physical exam. Brasília Méd 1999;36:13–16.
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    Published: 2024-04-09
    Issue: 2024: Vol 11 No 5 (view)


    How to cite:
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    Sousa BR, Faustino D, Pocinho R. Going back to basics: remembering touch in the digital era. EJCRIM 2024;11 doi:10.12890/2024_004484.