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The authors of this very interesting book argue that as we manage our patients we skip far too quickly from diagnosis to treatment, leaving out explicit attention to an important middle step, that of establishing a prognosis. Although they concede that ascertaining a prognosis remains more art than science, the authors and their collaborators attempt to come as close to science as our current state of knowledge permits.
The authors honestly admit that a data base does not exist for many aspects of prognosis in different diseases. Therefore, they use an original technique for a medical textbook, a modified Delphi
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Prognosis: Contemporary Outcomes of Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:530–531. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-4-530_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(4):530-531.
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