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Utility of clinical examination in the diagnosis of emergency department patients admitted to the department of medicine of an academic hospital.

Paley L, Zornitzki T, Cohen J, et al. Utility of clinical examination in the diagnosis of emergency department patients admitted to the department of medicine of an academic hospital. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15):1394-6. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.340.

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October 12, 2011
Paley L, Zornitzki T, Cohen J, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15):1394-6.

This research letter examines the value of the physical examination in forming a correct diagnosis on admission. The authors found that four out of five internal medicine patients in the emergency department could be correctly diagnosed from information gleaned by the history, physical examination, and basic laboratory tests.

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Paley L, Zornitzki T, Cohen J, et al. Utility of clinical examination in the diagnosis of emergency department patients admitted to the department of medicine of an academic hospital. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15):1394-6. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.340.