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The Master Clinician’s Approach to Diagnostic Reasoning

“The value of experience is not seeing much, but in seeing wisely.” William Osler, MD “There are only three things that are important in medicine: diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis.” Charles Bryan, MD   Just as age, of itself, does not make a person wise, experience in medicine without clinical insight does not improve diagnostic skills. Clinical […]

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Reading Level of Internet Medical Information for Common Diagnoses

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that health materials be written at a grade 6-7 reading level, which has generally not been achieved in online reading materials. Up to the present time, there have not been any assessments focused on the reading level of online educational materials across the most popular consumer Web sites […]

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Case Studies Tab Added to AJM Blog

Do you like to read interesting case studies and diagnostic dilemmas? If so, check out the new tab at the top of the AJM blog. We have added a collection of case studies from over the years– including one on the Popeye Deformity, pictured here. The most recent ones are first, but you can use […]

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Diagnostic Utility of Food Terminology

Physicians use food to describe the body: Analogies add flavor, provide a lingua franca for description, and offer a mnemonic. Presenting medicine in food descriptors makes a boundless field easier to digest. We present a selection of food terms pertaining to physical diagnosis. Skin Food terminology provides a tasteful way to describe sometimes unsightly cutaneous disorders. Warts […]

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Practicing ‘Check the Box’ Medicine

In 1978, the authors of this commentary co-authored the Manual of Coronary Care,1 one of the earliest and most durable (6 editions) clinical guideline books in the spiral-bound manual series founded by Little, Brown and Company. The enormously popular The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics was the first and most well-known book in this series.2 At that time, a number […]

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