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Top 100 Health-Care Careers , 3rd Edition by Saul Wischnitzer, Edith Wischnitzer

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Chapter9     

Diagnosing and TreatingPractitioners

A physical health problem manifests itself in various ways, such as pain, swelling, color change, or some other disfigurement. Physicians and dentists who are involved in active practice and who are called on to treat patients exhibiting symptoms of illness and distress first need to diagnose the cause. This is the diagnostic phase, which is carried out by means of a history, physical examination, and various tests (such as X rays). Once a reliable diagnosis has been made, the next phase is to design a treatment plan. This is the standard approach used by physicians and dentists.

Physicians provide preventive health care and treat both physical and mental illnesses. The scope of their expertise ...

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