Monday, 22 October 2012

Bad medicine: clinical breast examination

Bad medicine: clinical breast examination, October 2012, BMJ 2012; 345: e6789.

Spence, D.

To question clinical examination is to open a rich vein of debate. Clinical examinations are unquestioned, given disproportionate weight, and considered “must do.” Not doing a full examination implies you are a bad doctor. But much of examination is mere ritualistic dogma passed down through the ages.