The Most Important Diagnostic Test

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By Richard P. Holm, MD.

Listening carefully, I mean really listening, is the most important diagnostic tool in the doctor's bag, but it is rarely straightforward. "It's that pesky ulcer again," she said. "Just prescribe me more of that heartburn drug, and I'll be better..." But the pain progressed; the after-afatty-meal and recurrent nature of the pain story came out.

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