ROBERT H. GRUVER, M.D.; EDWARD D. FREIS, M.D.
The cornerstone of internal medicine is correctness of diagnosis. In recent years great emphasis has been placed on the development of diagnostic laboratory tests. However, there has been little interest in a systematic analysis of the frequency and causes for diagnostic errors. The only papers of recent date relating directly to this problem have been those by Hunter1 and by Bednar and his associates.2
In the present study an attempt is made to analyze the causes for mistaken diagnosis over a seven year period at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D. C. The data were obtained from a review
GRUVER RH, FREIS ED. A STUDY OF DIAGNOSTIC ERRORS1. Ann Intern Med. ;47:108–120. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-1-108
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(1):108-120.
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