A clinical examination is the examination that a doctor (preferably a dermatologist when it concerns the skin) can do with no more than his/her eyes, a magnifying glass and fingers. It does not include the examination of tissue under the microscope or with special cameras or computers. A clinical examination may be thought of as the kind of information found when a physician examined the patient in the late eighteenth century. By no means should a clinical examination be taken lightly, for it is the clinical examination that leads to more specific tests that may detect life-threatening cancers. A meticulous, correct, thorough and competent clinical exam is super-important.