Journal: Traditional physical still adequate

January 31, 2011 4:51:57 AM PST
There are concerns in the medical community that all of these new-fangled tests and scans are getting in the way of good, old-fashioned medicine.

An editorial in the journal American Family Physician says 90 percent of the information a doctor needs to diagnose an illness can be obtained though a patient history and a physical examination.

It adds unnecessary testing is expensive, contributing to the upward climb of health care costs and can have serious downsides.

Experts say part of the answer may lie in teaching the newest generation of doctors the importance of taking a thorough patient history and performing a detailed physical examination.