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Diagnosis in acute medicine

Campbell Thompson
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (7): 396.
Published online: 4 October 2010

Medical diagnosis is traditionally learnt at the patient’s bedside in the presence of an experienced clinician. Time and workload pressures restrict the teacher–student relationship within a hospital. Sometimes, the clinical signs and wisdom are pieced together independently or, at best, with fractured feedback. Clinical decisions can be delayed by plentiful, irrelevant and risky investigations.

  • Campbell Thompson

  • University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA

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