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Nov 01, 2011

The medical interview is the practicing physician's most versatile diagnostic and therapeutic tool. It is also one of the most difficult clinical skills to master as it places both intellectual and emotional demands on the doctor. The analytical skills of diagnostic reasoning must be balanced with the interpersonal skills needed to establish rapport with the patient and facilitate communication. Afterwards, the physician’s notes must be transcribed and entered into the patient database, and that’s where things can occasionally go wrong.

Here is a selection of interview records from major hospitals – not, we hasten to add, this major hospital.

  • The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.
  • Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
  • The skin was moist and dry.
  • Rectal exam revealed a normal size thyroid.
  • The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
  • She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until 1989 when she got a divorce.
  • Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
  • The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.
  • I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
  • The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.
  • Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the way to Los Angeles.
  • Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
  • She is numb from her toes down.
  • Exam of genitalia was completely negative except for the right foot.
  • While in the emergency room, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
  • The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
  • The patient was to have a bowel resection. However he took a job as a stockbroker instead.
  • Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
  • Coming from Detroit, this man has no children.
  • Examination reveals a well-developed male lying in bed with his family in no distress.
  • Patient was alert and unresponsive.
  • When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

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