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Mon, Aug. 11th, 2003, 11:39 pm
5500: NY Times: Annual Physical Checkup May Be an Empty Ritual

"I still listen to everyone's heart," said Dr. Stewart Rogers, an internist at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. "Why pick that fight? Why try to explain 10 years of evidence-based medicine so the patient will understand why I didn't do that test? The reason to listen to hearts is that it establishes our priestly majesty when you tell them about smoke alarms."

By Gina Kolata
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/12/health/12PHYS.html