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In recent years publications have appeared with increasing frequency which describe mathematical procedures used in computer-aided diagnosis. During this time clinical epidemiology has blossomed, the intellectual process of diagnosis has been studied, and attempts have been made to relate "disease" (the abstraction) to "illness" (the actuality). Dr. Lusted has led some of these endeavors. His book, which ranges widely through much of the relevant published material, provides a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the new look in diagnostic thinking.
To make decisions the physician requires information about disease processes; the probability of diagnoses, given the presenting
Introduction to Medical Decision Making.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:1051. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1051_1
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