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Forensic approach to medical causation when allergic disease is in the differential diagnosis

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As physicians, we are advocates for our patients. As allergists, we probe patient exposures. Occasionally, our good intentions find us entwined with forensic matters. Unfortunately, we have little formal training in toxicological, epidemiological, or evidence-based medicine methodology when determining exposure-related medical causation. This article provides such an approach and suggests helpful hints of conduct.
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Keywords: Advocates; epidemiological; evidence-based medicine; forensic; methodology; patients; toxicological

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Medical Assessment Institute, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, USA. howard@hmweinermd.com

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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