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April 2, 1997

GIDEON: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network

Author Affiliations

Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, Calif

JAMA. 1997;277(13):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540370075048

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Anyone who has never used a good artificial intelligence program would do well to start at the top with GIDEON. Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network is a superb example of artificial intelligence applied to medicine. Given modern air transportation, the most ordinary of patients now can be recently returned from the most extraordinary of places, exposed to infectious diseases one has not even heard of, much less is knowledgeable about. What infectious diseases are relevant to a fly fisherman returning febrile from the Chilean Andes or to a Coca Cola salesman returning with a nonhealing skin ulcer from Siberia? Problems once in the domain only of university specialists now are seen in the offices of medical practitioners throughout the country.

GIDEON is designed to diagnose all the world's infectious diseases (over 300) from over 200 countries, based on the symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings that you enter for your

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