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Diagnosis (Berl). 2017 Mar 1;4(1):17-19. doi: 10.1515/dx-2016-0032.

The scientific nature of diagnosis.

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1North Shore Medical Center, 500 Lynnfield St., Lynn, MA 01904, USA.

Abstract

The method of diagnosis is essentially similar to the scientific method in which a cause is suspected from clues in a situation and formulated as a hypothesis that is proven correct by the observation of its consequences. An awareness of scientific nature of diagnosis emphasizes search for clues rather than evidence for a disease when we encounter a patient with symptoms.

KEYWORDS:

clues; hypothesis; method of diagnosis; observation; scientific method

PMID:
29536906
DOI:
10.1515/dx-2016-0032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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