Letter: Good medical care requires physical contact with patient


Telehealth can't replace personal encounters with patients, a physician writes

After reading Jeffrey Bendix’s article, "Technology Opens New Avenues for Patient Communication” in your October 10 issue, I feel that anyone’s enthusiasm for video visits and e-visits should be dampened by the lack of physical contact between doctor and patient. Inevitably patients will suffer and malpractice lawyers will be busy as a result.

Call me old-fashioned, but physical exam is important in diagnosis and treatment of disease.


Rosalind Shorenstein, MD, FACP

 Santa Cruz, California

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