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Diagnosis of Neuropathy Comment on “Tests and Expenditures in the Initial Evaluation of Peripheral Neuropathy”

A. Gordon Smith, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.1718.
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Physicians take pride in their history and examination. We teach students that the patient always tells us what is wrong, and we marvel at the examination's elegance. We are quick to criticize the speed with which others revert to shotgun testing rather than applying core clinical skills. However, we often fail to critically evaluate our own performance. In this issue of the Archives, Callaghan et al1 provide a sobering reminder of the value of such introspection.

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