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Diagnosis Algorithms

Algorithms are step-by-step procedures as made popular in computer programs. Doctors use certain algorithms as hints in making a diagnosis, in some cases. A diagnosis algorithm may specify a particular set of questions to ask patients, a set of medical tests to order, and a decision sequence based on certain results of these tests. No algorithms are perfect. A human doctor is usually far better than any automated system in determining the cause of symptoms.

 

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