To: Cincinatus' Wife
I like this part: "In the end, Cross says, the man's symptoms satisfied all three findings for nocturnal paroxysmal dystonia, a rare disorder that Cross had never heard of. " I think that is the crux of it - it helps expand the doctors knowledge. Put in the symptoms, and out pops a list of possible diagnoses. Doc says "Hmmm ... I didn't consider that disease .." Not to replace the Doc or diminish their expertise or skills in any way, but it seems like it would be a great tool to help a Doc cover all the bases, so to speak.
Oh, yes--it has the signs of a winner. This could be a way to make the diagnosis coherent, orderly, secure, fun, interesting-- helping the doc avoid the distractions that the noise and nurses and phone calls and everything else provides. I'd like to point out, though, that there are already many protocols in place for this kind of process--but not as comprehensive as this sounds to be. What Weed has done is to gather it together . Weed has not invented differential diagnosis.
posted on 07/14/2002 12:33:01 PM PDT
.....a great tool to help a Doc cover all the bases, so to speak.
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