ROBERT H. FLETCHER, M.D.; SUZANNE W. FLETCHER, M.D.
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Physicians face age-old clinical questions when they care for patients: Which diagnostic tests most accurately and efficiently reflect the presence or absence of disease? What characteristics of patients and their environment are associated with an increased risk of disease? What will the clinical course be, and which findings allow a prediction of the course? What preventive maneuvers delay the onset of disease, and what therapies can control or reverse the disease?
For several decades, medical research and teaching have emphasized understanding the causes of disease at and below the cellular level, often through the use of laboratory studies. The results
FLETCHER RH, FLETCHER SW. Clinical Epidemiology: A New Discipline for an Old Art. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:401–403. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-3-401
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(3):401-403.
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