TITLE

Requiem for the sounds of silence

PUB. DATE
April 2008
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/8/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 8, p1104
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author examines the relevance of silence in clinical examination. He discusses that history taking and clinical examination in medicine have nearly vanished in primary academic medical centers, where the dominance of technology has attenuated meaningful rapport between physicians and patients that comprises the traditional bedrock of clinical medicine. Moreover, he argues that health personnel who carry cellular telephones and beepers on the bedside of their patients can cause irrelevant interruptions.
ACCESSION #
31495308

 

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