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Learning Clinical Reasoning

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Kassirer Jerome P., Kopelman Richard I.. . 332 pages. Baltimore: : Williams & Wilkins; ; 1991.. $32.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(7):581. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-7-581_1
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A decade ago few books on clinical reasoning existed, and few medical schools taught the subject. Today the subject has a diverse audience of teachers and learners. Kassirer and Kopelman's book caters most to the needs of internists who teach clinical reasoning.

The first section briefly reviews clinical reasoning principles. The second section makes the book shine: It is a treasure trove of real cases, presented in meaningful, chronologically ordered "chunks." Expert, and some not-so-expert, physicians discuss these cases, and then the authors analyze the discussions. All of the important cognitive biases are illustrated, sometimes in subtle forms. The authors'


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