What should a good medical exam consist of ?
December 12, 2007 4:18 PM Subscribe
What should a good doctor check for when giving a physical/basic medical exam consist to a 26-year old male.
posted by GardnerDB to health & fitness (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't had a physical in 15 years, so I had one today and it seemed brief--20 minutes max. Here's what we did:
-asked for family medical history and personal medical history
-laid down on my back and she squished/kneaded my belly area
-checked for scoliosis
-checked ear wax
-listened to breathing
-checked in my nose
-examined some suspicious moles
-Held out her arms and asked me to push and pull her
-Had me squeeze two of her fingers as hard as possible
-She examined my complete blood count and found nothing alarming
Does that seem like a pretty average physical for a healthy-looking 26 year old male? I told her I'm gay just in case that would alter the questions she needs to ask or what she needs to check on my body.
I told her I had hernia surgery 2 years ago, but she didn't even look at my genitalia, nor did she look at my buttocks or anus. I assumed she'd be checking for hernias or testicular cancer.
She is a Muslim, so perhaps she feels she is forbidden by her religion to look at those parts? Not likely because why would she choose a profession that conflicts with her personal religious beliefs? And there are many Muslim doctors whose interpretation of the Quran does not prohibit them from doing their job.