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Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease 

Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease
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Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease
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Vanessa Venning

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0551
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date: 27 February 2021

As in most medical specialties, the diagnosis of skin disease relies on careful history taking, and a thorough examination, supported in some cases by appropriate investigation. Astute physicians will also be aware that management outcomes are improved by taking account of the impact of skin disease on patients’ lives, whether through discomfort, disfigurement, or disability. This section, however, is chiefly concerned with aspects of history taking and examination that inform the diagnostic process. There are certain key points in the history of skin disease that should be specifically elicited. These should include a description of the events surrounding the onset of skin disease: when and where it started, and how it progressed.

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