It was with great interest that I read "Leading Off: Why the physical exam is still really necessary" by colleague David Robbins in the October 2008 issue of Veterinary Medicine. I fully agree with his views and recommend our colleagues worldwide get the book Medical History and Physical Examination in Companion Animals.1 It will help colleagues who feel uncertain about this topic.
Mark Deurinck, DVM, Dr.med.vet.
Toxicology/Safety Pharmacology, Preclinical Safety, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
Novartis Pharma AG
1. Rijnberk A, van Sluijs FJ. Medical history and physical examination in companion animals. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders, 2008.