OTTO E. GUTTENTAG, M.D.
The object of this paper is to identify certain dimly-conscious thought processes gone through every day by physicians and to emphasize the significance of some of them, but it does not claim to contain anything new. More specifically, we are here discussing factors a physician observes and reflections he makes to comprehend a group of patients as similar, or to visualize an individual patient in his totality. The result of the former comprehension will be called a clinical entity. (That of the latter is named individual diagnosis.)
Since the term clinical entity denotes a concept of uniformity in patients, the
GUTTENTAG OE. ON THE CLINICAL ENTITY1. Ann Intern Med. 1949;31:484–496. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-3-484
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