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How Do They Know What I’ve Got?

  • Jonathan Waxman
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Abstract

The diagnosis of cancer is virtually always made from a patient’s initial history and confirmed by scans and a biopsy. The scans and the biopsy are generally a finessing of what is already clear from the history. A patient will give a description of pain or bleeding, weight loss or cough. From these descriptions, the cause for the symptoms is generally obvious to the grey haired pompous old fart of a clinician who thinks he knows everything but, if he is any good at all, is frequently astonished by how little he knows, and is neither pompous nor an old fart.

Keywords

Chest Physician Ward Round Walk Away Lung Cancer Management Side Chest Pain 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Waxman
    • 1
  1. 1.Imperial College LondonLondonUK

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