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December 6, 1985

Problem Solving in Clinical Medicine: From Data to Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

New York University School of Medicine New York

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3109. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210125049

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This volume is specifically designed for the medical student who is at or just beyond the junction of preclinical and clinical experiences. There are 31 contributing physicians, 25 of whom are at the University of Texas Health Science Centers at San Antonio.

The book is written and guided by an obviously experienced senior physician, whose goal is to enable students "to enter the physician's mind during the gathering of data and to learn why he pursues certain pathways in his quest for solutions." The volume is obviously more than that, but, to this reviewer, that is its most notable message.

The first half is effectively conceptual and methodological, reminding medical students that they can, in fact, utilize their broad knowledge in the care of actual patients. The second half provides specific examples of "problem solving in action." Students might enjoy looking at specific case studies in this section to determine