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Devices for Diagnosis

E. J. H.
Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(4):702-707. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-55-4-702
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Diagnosis* is the indispensable bridge between illness and cure. To the patient, all medical research and knowledge are worthless if they cannot be used to return him to health. But there may be no cure if his illness cannot be identified.

Diagnosis as method suffers now from two major defects. The first is our ignorance of how many lesions, either tissue or chemical, produce their symptoms and signs. Were these gaps closed we might be able to reason back from effect to cause, from the complaints of the patient to the nature of the disorder in all cases, as simply


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