ADVANCES IN medicine are generally the result of a process of repeated observation, investigation, and correlation. These initial descriptive steps are followed by more sophisticated hypothesis generation and testing, which continues the spiral heading toward definitive relationships between symptoms, physical and laboratory findings, and treatment of the condition. The rapidity with which this process progresses is dependent on factors such as disease incidence, morbidity, and professional and public interest.
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