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Quote by Harrison, 1950

No greater opportunity, responsibility, or obligation can fall to the lot of a human being than to become a physician. In the care of the suffering, (the physician) needs technical skills, scientific knowledge, and human understanding…Tact, sympathy and understanding are expected of the physician, for the patient is no mere collection of symptoms, signs, disordered functions, damaged organs, and disturbed emotions.

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Researchers develop new DNA sequencing method to diagnose tuberculosis

(PeerJ 23 September 2014) Researchers working in the UK and The Gambia, have developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum — a technique called metagenomics — to detect and characterize the bacteria that cause TB without the need for time-consuming culture of bacteria in the laboratory.

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Clinical Pathology

Inexpensive lab test identifies resistant infections in hours

(American Society for Microbiology 7 September 2014) Researchers from Oregon State Public Health Lab have modified the protocol for a relatively new test for a dangerous form of antibiotic resistance, increasing its specificity to 100 percent. 31 more words

Clinical Pathology

Malaria diagnosed by measuring blood magnetisation

ScienceAlert Australia Felicity Nelson 6 September 2014

Scientists have used magnetic sensors to diagnose malaria five times more accurately than established diagnostic techniques.   The new method, reported in  30 more words

Clinical Pathology

Testing, testing: Blood Work 101

Wouldn’t it be great, if when your pet got sick, she could just tell you what was wrong? Until our pets can talk, veterinary professionals let diagnostic tests do the talking. 505 more words


Predictive values

Lost in positive space by Wanja Krah Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

When you are looking at the results of a test, trying to make a diagnosis, you really want to know whether the positive or negative test result you are looking at, is likely to be true or not. 43 more words