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The ampliative leap in diagnostics: the advantages of abductive inference in clinical reasoning

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Alexander L. Gungov


Examining diagnostics in logical terms, attention is usually paid to the interaction between deductive and inductive reasoning. This article discusses Ch.S. Peirce’s theory of abductive inference in the clinical diagnosis. The process of diagnostics is seen as a logical transition from the effect (patient’s symptoms and signs) to the cause (the current health disorder), which is the direction common to abductive reasoning.

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