Paycha, F.

Medical diagnosis and cybernetics


This ancient branch of knowledge is represented by the medical practitioner; we shall therefore establish the logical structure of Medicine by studying his activities. If we confine ourselves to the traditional system, the consultation consists of various parts, as follows: the questioning, the general examination, palpation, inspection, examination with instruments. Much emphasis is laid upon the value of a proper examination, a complete record of symptoms, palpation carried out gently and correctly, but no indication is given of the way in which all this material is put together. We shall call all the actions by which the doctor obtains information about his patient the "acquisition of information", which thus comprises the general examination, palpation, questioning the patient, special examinations: in brief, all the serdological and laboratory techniques.