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Contact: Leslie Shepherd
St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Stephen Hwang, St. Michael's Hospital

Caption: Physicians have long been taught that a physical examination is not complete without an assessment of whether a patient appears to be acutely or chronically ill. But new research from St. Michael's Hospital says how sick a patient appears to be may have limited value in diagnosing their actual state of health.

Credit: Courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital

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Related news release: Appearing to be chronically ill may not be a good indication of poor health

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