Medicine Success When Simple

  • Bruce R. Schatz
  • Richard B. BerlinJr.
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Physicians are faced with a fundamental problem to take the information that they are given, examine, determine what further information may required, and reach a conclusion. Throughout history the information available and the form in which it is presented has changed markedly. The rise of modern medicine has been due in major part to deeper understanding of basic biology, including anatomy and physiology. It deals successfully with simple systems, where diagnosis and treatment work, where causes and cures are well defined and easily handled.


Atrial Fibrillation Congestive Heart Failure Urine Output Kidney Failure Heart Rhythm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce R. Schatz
    • 1
  • Richard B. BerlinJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Information Science, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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