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Ther Umsch. 2006 Jul;63(7):471-4.

[Physical examination of the lung--value and limits].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Pneumologie, Departement für Innere Medizin, UniversitätsSpital Zürich. erich.russi@usz.ch

Abstract

Sensitivity and specificity of clinical findings for the diagnosis of pulmonary diseases is often poor, or information on test characteristics of particular findings is even missing. Nevertheless, a meticulous clinical exam remains a cornerstone in clinical practice. Quite often clear-cut findings may provide valuable diagnostic information. Furthermore, history taking and painstaking physical examination foster the confidence between patients and physicians, which is urgently needed in a time of machine-dominated medical practice.

PMID:
16900726
DOI:
10.1024/0040-5930.63.7.471
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