Health: Hands off my chest, doctor | The Independent
Junior doctors used to boast about how many "Tubes" they had done. The initials stood for Totally Unnecessary Breast Examinations. The irony is that when these doctors first coined the acronym, 20 years ago or so, they did not realise that most breast examinations by non-specialists were unnecessary, if not downright misleading. The former Chief Medical Officer CMO , Dr Kenneth Calman, told doctors in February that they should not carry out clinical examination of the breast as part of routine health screening, because it was liable to give "false reassurance".
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