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Clinical examination 2

Phases of a clinical examination 2 Importance of good interview technique 2 Role of the student 2

Preparation 2

The setting 2 Time 3

Appearance and demeanour 5 Transference/countertraraference 5

History 5

Introduction 5 Interview technique 5 Presenting complaint 7 Past medical history 9 Drug history 9 family history 10 Social history 11

General symptom (systemic) inquiry 13

Completing the history-taking 14

Patients who present difficulty in history-taking 15

Third party information 16

The physical examination 16

The mental state examination 17

The explanation 20

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