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Clinicians are trained, for the most part, to examine details in managing individual patients. Arriving at the correct diagnosis and selecting the appropriate therapy often hinge on what may seem, at least superficially, to be an obscure aspect of the patient's history, a physical finding not readily apparent, or a subtle laboratory result. Attention to details is a recurrent theme in medicine and is appropriate to our discipline. The effects of grosser and less readily observable forces on the health of patients have not been so carefully described in the literature of medicine. Although we may be well attuned to,
Health and Ways of Living: The Alameda County Study.. Ann Intern Med. ;102:146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-1-146_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(1):146.
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