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Physical examination

Definition

During a physical examination, a health care provider studies your body to determine if you do or do not have a physical problem.

A physical examination usually includes:

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References

Simel DL. Approach to the patient: history and physical examination.In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 6.

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