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Patients seek answers to 3 basic questions. What (if anything) is wrong with me? Is there any treatment that might make me better? Will I recover? A physician’s ability to answer these questions requires skills as a diagnostician, therapist, and prognosticator. Excellent performance across all 3 domains separates great physicians from good ones, but among the triad, diagnosis is foundational. Without the correct diagnosis, proper therapy and accurate prognosis are rarely possible.
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