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Computer-aided Diagnosis: Description of an Adaptable System, and Operational Experience with 2,034 Cases

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 01 April 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:5
  1. Jane C. Horrocks,
  2. A. P. McCann,
  3. J. R. Staniland,
  4. D. J. Leaper,
  5. F. T. de Dombal


    This paper describes a system of computer-aided diagnosis using an English Electric KDF9 computer linked to a terminal in a busy clinical department. Data from a series of patients were recorded, coded, and entered into the computer, which then performed a Bayesian analysis and displayed diagnostic probabilities in an adaptable format. Experience in this setting suggests that computer diagnosis may be a valuable aid to the clinician.