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An evaluation of the core physical exam in patients with minor peripheral chief complaints
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    Reply to Potts and Smith

    We thank Drs. Potts and Smith for their interest in our article. The idea of improved efficiency in the ED with respect to history and physical exam is precisely the one we have explored with this study and with an upcoming study “Focusing on a serious review of systems” that will appear in next month’s issue of The Journal of Emergency Medicine. Like the general core physical exam, it is rare, in my experience, for the r...

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    Focussed or extended examination?
    • Simon M Smith, Consultant In Emergency Medicine
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      • David J Potts

    Dear Sir, We read with interest the article by Rodriguez and Phelps (1), which suggests that patients in the Emergency setting may be ‘over-examined’ for a variety of reasons including concerns regarding litigation, opportunistic health screening and habits learnt during medical training. In our department we try to emphasise the value of focussed history taking and physical examination, as supported by Curriculum of the...

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