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Obtaining a patient’s medical history is generally considered the most important step in developing a differential diagnosis. It has been stated that history-taking contributes around 80% towards the diagnosis with many texts relating to an article by Hampton et al. (1975). According to Talley and O’Connor (2013) an comprehensive history will aid in identifying the most appropriate investigations required and in most case lead to the diagnosis. The physical examination and investigations which follow history taking are merely to confirm or refute the differentials.


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