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Editor's Correspondence
November 22, 1999

The True Cost of the Complete Annual Physical Examination

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(21):-. doi:

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.