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Throat examination. Boy having his throat examined by a general practice doctor. The doctor is using a wooden tongue depressor to move his tongue to allow the best view of the throat. Examinations such as this are part of a routine check-up, and can also help diagnose the cause of a sore throat or swollen tonsils. Most commonly this is pharyngitis, a bacterial infection of the throat.
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