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When patients initially come to a physician, they present most commonly with a seemingly formless combination of complaints and physical findings, rather than a previously diagnosed disease. It is the responsibility of the physician to assess the symptoms and signs, identify specific problems, and systematically resolve them. Teaching this approach to students can be difficult. Medical textbooks are generally still organized according to pathophysiologic concepts or by specific disease entities. Attempts to emphasize the recognition and definition of clinical problems and teach approaches to their resolution are unfortunately still too few.
Moskowitz's Clinical Rheumatology is such an attempt, and a
Clinical Rheumatology. A Problem-Oriented Approach to Diagnosis and Management.. Ann Intern Med. ;97:802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-802_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):802.
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