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Academic Medicine Podcast

Feb 22, 2021

"In certain cases, it is the odors that emanate in a patient’s room that have proven to be as important in making a diagnosis as their renal function or the opacity on their chest X-ray."

Patrick Twohig, a fellow with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, shares how performing a thorough physical examination draws on a variety of tests and tools - even one's olfactory sensibility.

This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the January 2021 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at