Will the Physical Exam Soon be Extinct?

These days, physicians seem to be trimming or completely removing the physical from their medical repertoire.   Why are some physicians doing away with the physical?  Is this bad for the patient and medicine in general?  If the physical is becoming extinct, then what are physicians utilizing to evaluate their patients?  They are looking to more tests and diagnostic procedures.

It seems as if physicians do not “trust their senses” as much as they used to.  A main cause of this is that in medical schools today, the students are not taught to trust their senses as in the past like physicians have done for ages, but they are taught to look to tests and “blackbox” methods.  Is this the right way that medicine should be heading?  For more on this issue, check out this New York Times piece, Not on the Doctor’s Checklist, but Touch Matters

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