Physical examination - WikipediaA physical examination , medical examination , or clinical examination is the process by which a medical practitioner examines the body of a patient for any possible signs or symptoms of a medical condition. It generally consists of a series of questions regarding patient medical history followed by an examination of the symptoms. Together, the medical history and the physical examination aids in determining the correct diagnosis and devising the treatment plan. This data then becomes part of the medical record. The physical examination may be used to investigate a patient's symptoms or complaints or as a routine screening procedure in an asymptomatic patient, in which case it is referred to as a routine physical , general medical examination or check-up.
The Physical Examination and Health Assessment
NCBI Bookshelf. Boston: Butterworths; Each of us should strive "to rise above the routines of the daily ward round and to see in every patient an opportunity not only to serve mankind in the best tradition of medical excellence, but to add to the store of medical knowledge. Their accomplishments form a "golden thread [that runs] throughout the history of the world, consecutive and continuous, the work of the best men in successive ages" Moxon, quoted by William Osler. The pool of information presented in this book has been created by the scholarship of these ten men. They were physicians going about the daily practice of medicine.
If your institution subscribes to this resource, and you don't have a MyAccess Profile, please contact your library's reference desk for information on how to gain access to this resource from off-campus. This background article will introduce and explain the terms and concepts that are being used in the series of overviews on the rational clinical examination that begins in this issue of The Journal. - Metrics details.