Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 32)


This book explores the premise that the clinical literature can, and should, play a central role in computer-based decision support. Specifically, the motivation underlying this research includes the following propositions:
  • Reasoning from experimental evidence contained in the clinical literature is central to the decisions a physician makes in patient care.

  • A computational model of that reasoning process, based upon a declarative representation for published reports of clinical studies, can drive a computer program that selectively tailors knowledge of the clinical literature as it applies to a particular case.

  • The development of such a computational model may help us better understand the general principles of reasoning from experimental evidence both in medicine and in other appropriate domains.


Adjuvant Radiotherapy Causal Model Reasoning Process Wide Excision Regional Recurrence 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Information Sciences ProgramStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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