What do percussion, Napoleon's personal physician, and the stethoscope have in common? Each is a link in Abraham Verghese's eloquent argument for the importance of the physical examination. His TED talk, A Doctor's Touch, reminds us why the role of the physician in the administration of medical treatment should not be shortchanged, no matter how routine or repetitive the process.
Those interested in treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome will want to pay particular attention at the 11-minute mark: Verghese describes a drug-free way of helping patients who suffer from this problematic condition.
[Video: TED, approximately 18 minutes.]