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October 26, 2009


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is that related to treating/focussing on the 'disease/cancer' only without considering the 'man/woman who has the cancer?'

Brian (DocSwill)

I get this confused all the time.

Would I be wrong to simplify this by assuming a disease has a permanent affect on a person, while an illness would be more temporary in scope?


Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Dear Ria and Brian,

This is not an issue of time. Diseases and illnesses can be brief, prolonged, permanent.

Ria, you are right on. Your comment makes a perfect segue into my intended post for today.

With hope, Wendy


what is a syndrome?

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

A syndrome is when a group of specific symptoms experienced by patients, or signs detected by clinicians, or disordered function as revealed by tests occur together.

The presence of one or more features of a syndrome can alert clinicians to look for other features.

Many times, a syndrome is named when the underlying cause is unknown, such as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndroma (AIDS). Later, when the cause is discovered, the syndrome may be renamed, such as with HIV.

With hope, Wendy

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