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(Position Paper, p. 787; Editorial, p. 780. Call for news release.)
The study of medical symptoms, the mainstay of medical practice from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, fell from favor in the late nineteenth century, as medical technology and information revealed more and more of the organic and genetic causes of disease. A special Annals supplement reports on presentations at the Seventh Biennial Regenstrief Conference in 1999. The supplement's 18 papers explore issues in the research and measurement of symptoms, the impact of unexplained symptoms on the doctor-patient relationship and innovations in symptoms management. Five papers explore specific symptoms: chronic cough, dyspepsia, heart palpitations, dizziness and chronic fatigue.
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(Brief Communication, p. 754)