Consider alternative therapies

While the odd spot diagnosis is always an ego stimulant, more often doctors have to take consolation in the more traditional method of history-taking in order to best interpret the findings of a physical examination before reaching a provisional, and ideally a differential, diagnosis.

Clearly, considerable mistakes can eventuate from an inadequate history. These may result in an erroneous diagnosis, incorrect treatment and unnecessary discomfort and suffering in the patient. In essence, clinicians cannot afford not to take an adequate history.

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