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Musculoskeletal complaints are among the commonest reasons a patient seeks the help of a physician, but many such patients are treated by a physician with no specialty training in rheumatology. This text is intended as a review of common rheumatic complaints "for students, hospital staff, and the busy general practitioner." Its major premise is that, despite the many new diagnostic technologies and sophisticated immunologic tests now available, accurate diagnosis in clinical rheumatology still rests on mastery of history and physical examination skills.
The opening section reviews key historical questions and their relevance and details the musculoskeletal examination. The balance of
Differential Diagnosis in Rheumatology: An Atlas for the Physician.. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:731–732. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-101-5-731_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(5):731-732.
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