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One of the most exciting developments in medicine in the twentieth century has been the impressive expansion of the scientific basis for clinical practice. Despite these advances, ambiguity rather than certainty remains prevalent in the clinical setting, where the crucial tasks include problem solving, decision making, and judgment. The development of the scientific basis for these intellectual skills has lagged far behind that of the factual underpinnings of clinical medicine. Because careful scrutiny of the reasoning processes used by clinicians has seemed to be a far more formidable task than laboratory studies in the biomedical sciences, existing descriptions of the
Medical Problem Solving.. Ann Intern Med. ;89:291. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-2-291_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(2):291.
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