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The clinical presentation of respiratory disease 

The clinical presentation of respiratory disease

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The clinical presentation of respiratory disease
Author(s):

Julian Hopkin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1802

May 30, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 23 June 2017

Respiratory disease can present in many ways, with variations attributable to many factors. The clinical presentation directs diagnostic hypothesis making, the choice of diagnostically discriminating investigations, and the most appropriate management. If a detailed history is not taken, the patient not observed carefully and examined diligently, and the information from these sources is not analysed correctly, then inappropriate investigation and management is likely....

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