Do you think physicians are relying more and more on diagnostic tests and imaging techniques at the expense of taking thorough patient histories?
Taking a good patient history is a fundamental part of being a physician. Much of what patients tell physicians can help them narrow down the list of possible diseases or conditions afflicting a patient. What often follows is laboratory tests and imaging studies to clinch a diagnosis. But as more and more is learned about human pathophysiology and biochemical processes, better tests and imaging modalities come along that enhance clinicians' ability to make a diagnosis.
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