When Does a Diagnosis Become a Clinical Judgment?
To ask whether diagnosis is an art or a science is to make some interesting prior assumptions about the properties of diagnosis: That it is verifiable; that diagnosticians presented with identical data will concur in identical diagnoses; that the diagnosis usefully conveys information about the present status and prognosis of the patient; that it has treatment implications; and that it is not likely to be clouded by negative umbrella effects.
KeywordsPersonality Disorder Psychiatric Diagnosis Pulmonary Emphysema Paranoid Schizophrenia Psychotic Depression
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