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The scientific nature of diagnosis

Bimal Jain
Published Online: 2017-01-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dx-2016-0032


The method of diagnosis is essentially similar to the scientific method in which a cause is suspected from clues in a situation and formulated as a hypothesis that is proven correct by the observation of its consequences. An awareness of scientific nature of diagnosis emphasizes search for clues rather than evidence for a disease when we encounter a patient with symptoms.

Keywords: clues; hypothesis; method of diagnosis; observation; scientific method


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About the article

Received: 2016-08-19

Accepted: 2016-11-01

Published Online: 2017-01-13

Published in Print: 2017-03-01

Author contributions: The author has accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

Research funding: None declared.

Employment or leadership: None declared.

Honorarium: None declared.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.

Citation Information: Diagnosis, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 17–19, ISSN (Online) 2194-802X, ISSN (Print) 2194-8011, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dx-2016-0032.

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