• Vol. 42 No. 3, 158–158
  • 15 March 2013

Reply from Author: Cognitive Aspects of Diagnostics, Not Just Errors


We thank the writer for his or her input on this emerging topic. We believe that heuristics are often useful and economical in many aspects of clinical medicine. In general, heuristics work well enough with experts to allow them the right decision when subjected to time pressure and uncertainty. Unfortunately, they do fail in predictable patterns, prompting us to write our paper as a cautionary tale.

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