Consider The Evidence: Med/Peds Journal Roundup

February 13, 2006

R.I.P. Physical Exam

Filed under: diabetes, NEJM, physical exam, public health — medblog @ 1:46 pm

NEJM 2/9 – This weeks New England has a couple of interesting editorials on the dying art of the physical exam and whether the golden age of the stethoscope is over?

Public Health departments are not just for tracking STDs anymore… an article by Steinbrook describes the NYC effort to require mandatory electronic reporting of HBA1c levels this year. I, for one, hope this is the start of a trend.

Jauhar S.
The demise of the physical exam.
N Engl J Med. 2006 Feb 9;354(6):548-51.
Markel H.
The stethoscope and the art of listening.
N Engl J Med. 2006 Feb 9;354(6):551-3.
Steinbrook, R.
Facing the diabetes epidemic--mandatory reporting of glycosylated hemoglobin values in New York City.
N Engl J Med. 2006 Feb 9;354(6):545-8.

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