You are in the emergency room and a 53 years old gentleman presents with a 3-day history of fever and headache. You think that you should role out meningitis. You perform your physical examination including looking for meningeal signs. Youe examination is negative. Can you role out meningitis for sure and not think about performing a lumbar puncture?
Saudi medical schools do a very good job in teaching clinical examination. Our clinical exams were very serious (and sometimes felt like life-or-death events!). I believe we were taught good skills in King AbdulAziz University.
What I’m writing about here is something that we were never taught though. I heard about this term for the first time after I started my residency program in University of British Columbia.
The term refers to a series of articles that are being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) since May 20,1992 until now. The editorial when the first article in the series appeared described as follows:
The articles look into a variety of clinical problems ranging from assessment of patient with suspected migraine to ventilator-associated pneumonia. In addition to being very valuable in day to day practice, the language of these articles has been the standard language when speaking about physical examination in the Canadian medical institutes.
In order to view the articles you will need a subscription. Most of the university libraries offer subscriptions as well. You just need to ask. KAAU might offer that as well.
If you prefer to read from a book then just wait for this book to be released.