2. Reexamining the Physical Exam

  1. Ary L. Goldberger1,2 and
  2. Zachary D. Goldberger3

Published Online: 15 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch2

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

How to Cite

Goldberger, A. L. and Goldberger, Z. D. (2012) Reexamining the Physical Exam, in Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Margret and H.A. Rey Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 AUG 2012

Book Series:

  1. Hospital Medicine: Current Concepts

Book Series Editors:

  1. Scott A. Flanders and
  2. Sanjay Saint

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118011430

Online ISBN: 9781118380697

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Keywords:

  • reexamining the physical exam;
  • physical exam, vital and to be repeated as needed;
  • failure to appreciate a physical exam, resulting in diagnostic errors;
  • additional lapses in reporting vital signs;
  • reproducibility to increase level of certainty

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Physical Exam and Hypothesis Testing

  • General Appearance

  • Revitalizing the Vital Signs

  • Additional Lapses in Reporting the Vital Signs

  • Under Pressure

  • Finding Hidden Information in Vital Signs-More Advanced Analysis

  • Replacing Semi- Or Pseudoquantitative Measures with More Useful Qualitative Measures

  • Increasing Your Level of Certainty: Internal Confirmations

  • Physical Exam: Semantic and Scientific Precision

  • Mini-Summary