Communication Between Patient and Doctor



Although the student cannot understand disease without understanding pathology, when it comes to clinical practice the input from the patient is a symptom. It follows that although the doctor should know which pathologies may cause a particular symptom, it is more efficient for him to think from the symptom to the list of pathologies which cause that symptom. Again, it is more efficient because it ‘programs’ the doctor’s ‘computer’ to respond to symptoms, which is the information he deals in with his patient. If we take the example of pelvic pain, it is simpler to learn a list of causes of pelvic pain than to review a list of pathologies, searching through the symptoms associated with them to see whether or not these include pelvic pain.


Pelvic Pain Stress Incontinence Sexual Problem History Taking Vaginal Discharge 
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 Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erinville HospitalCorkEire

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