I read with great interest the recent article in the ARCHIVES by Dr Gordon et al1 questioning the use of the annual complete physical examination (CPE). In 3 years of practice since completing my internal medicine residency, I have begun to suspect what Gordon et al suggest in their well-referenced article, namely, the lack of medical justification for the CPE in many cases.
Locke CFS. The True Cost of the Complete Annual Physical Examination. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(21):-. doi: