The Dichotomy of Diagnosis.
A classmate of mine sent this to me to my amusement. I have written in the past about my feelings on the importance of a good physical exam but sometimes it does make you wonder if it is worth doing. In medicine, they continuously tell you to “treat the patient, and not the numbers;” I think that expression extends to this realm too. There is something to be said about a physician’s clinical experience and the ability to assess patients through the five senses that a machine simply cannot translate to you. Instead, machines should act as a supplement to your own clinical abilities.

The Dichotomy of Diagnosis.

A classmate of mine sent this to me to my amusement. I have written in the past about my feelings on the importance of a good physical exam but sometimes it does make you wonder if it is worth doing. In medicine, they continuously tell you to “treat the patient, and not the numbers;” I think that expression extends to this realm too. There is something to be said about a physician’s clinical experience and the ability to assess patients through the five senses that a machine simply cannot translate to you. Instead, machines should act as a supplement to your own clinical abilities.

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