Among the survival skills of the busy clinician is the "curbside consultation,"
which can be defined as informally obtaining information or advice regarding
a patient from another physician who has not directly examined the patient
or reviewed the patient's record, and does not document any recommendations.
Given how common this practice is, it is surprising how little medical literature
there is on the subject. The 2 articles in this issue of THE JOURNAL, by Keating
et al1 and by Kuo et al,2
help to fill in the picture considerably.
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