Problems in Computer Diagnosis

  • Kenneth F. Schaffner
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 40)


Computers have played experimental roles in clinical diagnosis for over twenty years. Interest in the possibilities of computer diagnosis was stimulated by the seminal article of Ledley and Lusted in 1959 [17] and research flourished in the 1960s. A number of conferences were held [13] [14] to facilitate interactions among investigators pursuing different approaches. In the 1970s, more sophisticated techniques of artificial intelligence (AI) were applied to computer diagnosis resulting in the development of a variety of programs possessing considerable conceptual depth. The enormous growth of medical knowledge continues to fuel interest in computer diagnosis as a means of obtaining a more manageable access to this knowledge.


Hodgkins Disease Certainty Factor Causal Graph Granulomatous Hepatitis Simulated Logic 
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  • Kenneth F. Schaffner
    • 1
  1. 1.The George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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