The skill of distinguishing one disease from another; it is essential to scientiﬁc and successful treatment. The name is also given to the opinion arrived at as to the nature of a disease. It is in diagnosis more than in treatment that the highest medical skill is required, and, for a diagnosis, the past and hereditary history of a case, the symptoms complained of, and the signs of disease found upon examination are all weighed. Many methods of laboratory examination are also used at the present day in aiding diagnosis. Computers are also being used to help clinical and laboratory diagnostic procedures.
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