Here is an NPR article on the fading art of the physical examination.
I still believe in the value of the physical examination. Sure, the history is frequently much more revealing than the physical exam. But, with some examination skills and clinical acumen, important clues can be deciphered, leading to the diagnosis. This is particularly relevant when technologies and laboratory testing is not readily available, such as on our Honduran medical relief trips.
The physical examination can also be a transformative experience, one that enhances the doctor patient relationship, as explored here.
The art of medicine is neither irrelevant nor dead.