JOHN PARKINSON, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P. (honorary)
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The subject of symptomatology will always retain its importance in medicine because symptoms form the first contact between patient and doctor. It is the voice of nature, and when a patient complains he enters our world and we recognize a human need. For convenience I shall apply the term "symptom" to subjective sensations of which the patient complains. While everyone agrees on their value in approaching a diagnosis, symptoms have been moved to the background by current interest in signs and in scientific technic. But if we apportion too little time for eliciting symptoms, we shall suffer in our diagnosis.
PARKINSON J. CARDIAC SYMPTOMS1. Ann Intern Med. 1951;35:499–506. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-35-3-499
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