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The basic organization of this systematic, how-to-do-it book is encompassed in the authors thesis that the diagnostic process includes four steps: identification of the problem, differential diagnosis, work-up of the differential diagnosis, and finally, reassessment of accumulated data. The authors have used 22 roentgenographic patterns of chest disease, such as the solitary circumscribed nodule, or unilateral hilar enlargement, to identify and categorize the diagnostic problem. Each of these chapters methodically follows through the three remaining steps of the diagnostic process, with particular emphasis on differential diagnosis and further laboratory work-up.
Several preliminary chapters cover special studies applicable to chest disease,
A Diagnostic Approach to Chest Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:803. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-87-6-803_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(6):803.
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