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The acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of clinical data is skillfully accomplished by many physicians without an awareness of the basic principles underlying the diagnostic process. Analysis of the process, however, may yield valuable insights that can remove diagnostics from the realm of intuition and ultimately result in more precise and efficient clinical practice. With this objective in mind, writers of medical textbooks are beginning to abandon the traditional "reference-book" style and start where the physician does—with the clinical manifestations of illness. Pioneering in this approach are Harvey and Bordley, with their book, Differential Diagnosis, which first appeared in 1955 and
Differential Diagnosis: The Interpretation of Clinical Evidence.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:1049. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1049
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1049.
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