Exploring Essential Cases

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The inexperienced clinician must have a technique for developing a differential diagnosis that includes most possibilities, in order to make sure that the actual diagnosis is covered and not missed. More experienced clinicians can shortcut this process as the narrowing of the diagnosis occurs as the patient is being assessed.

Nine cases have been selected based on body regions and frequency of presentation. The process of diagnosis and management is dissected from the presenting complaint to discharge from hospital.


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