A strong advocate for “hands-on” medicine, Stanford physician and best-selling author Abraham Verghese, MD, wrote a 2009 essay for Health Affairs on how physicians and patients connect through touch and trust.
Health Affairs recently recorded the essay, which is titled "A Touch of Sense," and released it for free on iTunes U. As you'll hear (link to iTunes), Verghese eloquently reaffirms in the recording the importance of "skilled and thoughtful" physical examinations for patients.
Previously: Examining the unspoken clues exchanged between patients and doctors, Exploring the “fading art” of the physical exam, The power of touch in the exam room and
PBS NewsHour profiles Stanford’s Abraham Verghese