Peter Whorwell urges medics to embrace ‘old-fashioned approach’ of listening to patients

Both patients and young doctors like diagnostic tests — blood tests, of course, but also tests that let you see inside the body, such as scans.

If you have persistent bladder problems or acid reflux (heartburn), for instance, then the chances are that at some point a relevant specialist will have put an endoscope — a flexible tube with a camera on the end, of which there are many types — inside you to have a good look around.

An over-reliance on such technology, however, means that if a test comes back clear, some doctors, particularly younger ones, will say there is no illness and then be at a loss as to how to manage the symptoms. 

The result is an undiagnosed and potentially more distressed patient.

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