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Traditional textbooks of medicine are organized according to disease categories. Some recent texts, however, have shifted emphasis to the presenting symptoms and signs that initiate the clinical encounter. This problem-oriented approach is a significant innovation in medical education and practice, but many of the books written with this approach fail to translate the concept into application because of emphasis on theoretic and sometimes clinically irrelevant expositions of basic pathophysiology. Problem-Oriented Medical Diagnosis limits basic science considerations and focuses instead on the clinical encounter from the standpoint of diagnostic utility and practicality. The result is a very successful tool for the
Problem-Oriented Medical Diagnosis.. Ann Intern Med. ;83:586. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-4-586_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(4):586.
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