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The diagnostic trail starts with a symptom, leads to a diagnosis, then goes on to its ultimate destination, treatment. To the beginning student the route along this trail is often obscure; he may have little idea of how to get from one point to the next. Most available trail guides are organized according to his goals; for example, diseases, as in textbooks of medicine, or treatments, as in texts of pharmacology. They do not begin where he must begin, with the symptoms presented by the patient.
Dr. Taylor's A Primer of Clinical Symptoms attempts to supply a new guide, organized
A Primer of Clinical Symptoms.. Ann Intern Med. 1974;80:678. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-80-5-678_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(5):678.
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