JOSEPH A. RINALDO JR., M.D.; PERRY SCHEINOK, PH.D.; C. E. RUPE, M.D. F.A.C.P.
The process of choosing a diagnosis from subjective symptoms has not been examined in detail. Previous studies which have concerned themselves with this mechanism have been devoted to checking the accuracy of the clinician against other means of arriving at what is considered the correct diagnosis (1, 2). Hence we felt a need for a careful scrutiny of this diagnostic method.
To do this, it was necessary to select a set of symptoms, carefully define them, and design a method of accurately recording the presence or absence of this set of symptoms in patients. A mathematical model had to be
RINALDO JA, SCHEINOK P, RUPE CE. Symptom Diagnosis. A Mathematical Analysis of Epigastric Pain. Ann Intern Med. 1963;59:145–154. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-59-2-145
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