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Swerlick, Robert A rswerli at EMORY.EDU
Thu Sep 5 02:28:39 UTC 2013


I am still skeptical. These studies show that results using a subjective test obtained without history are different from those obtained with a history. But where is the gold standard? Which one is right?

Robert A. Swerlick, MD

On Sep 4, 2013, at 6:54 PM, "Ehud Zamir" <ezamir at UNIMELB.EDU.AU<mailto:ezamir at UNIMELB.EDU.AU>> wrote:

Following our discussion here a  about the merits of forming an unbiased opinion prior to reading previous information, I found a paper which talks exactly about that, by N. Thorne Griscom, MD from the Children's Hospital in Boston: A Suggestion: Look at the Images First, Before You Read The History. Radiology, April 2002, 9-10. It is a short but well written paper. It's free online, on http://radiology.rsna.org/content/223/1/9.long

I believe it applies to any diagnostic situation where a patient is referred by another doctor with assumptions and diagnoses already made by someone else.

Ehud Zamir


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