The extent of examination required does not have to be this specific. The physician and the PE may have decided on the type of examination that is appropriate in a particular type of case. Nevertheless, the PE must take a history and do a physical examination extensive enough to gather the information required to meet the diagnostic criteria or the criteria for referral. In our example, the history must include household and day care information, and the physical must include examination of the throat and cervical lymph nodes and listening for a heart murmur.
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