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Patient examination
  1. D J Potts,
  2. S M Smith
  1. Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Bucks, UK
  1. Dr S M Smith, Wycombe Hospital, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 2TT, UK; simon.smith{at}

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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 …

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