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Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease 

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

Vanessa Venning


July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.


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date: 24 September 2021

As in most medical specialities, 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....

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