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<i>The medical detective</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0007
The medical detective

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This chapter discusses the role of ‘intelligence’ in health care and the role of the doctor in trying to solve problems related to patients and communities. It discusses sources of intelligence, and the use of such information to predict health. It also concerns the communication of such intelligence and how this is relevant to the managing of incidents and outbreaks of disease and infection. It places to health professional as a detective trying to solve complex and difficult problems.

Keywords: intelligence; problem solving; prediction of health; communication of information; managing incidents

Chapter.  2708 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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