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Etymologically, “clinical” from the Greek klinikos, means bedridden, but in modern usage the word “clinic” refers to a setting in which physicians or other health professionals attend to sick (and healthy) people who are not confined to bed. The setting may be within or appended to a hospital, a free-standing institution with a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, a corner store, a modest one- or two-room structure with a waiting area and a treatment area, or, in a low-income country, war zone, or refugee community, a hut, tent, or meeting point under a tree in the open air.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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