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medical phenomenology

Friday 11 July 2003

Definition: medical phenomenology is the study of medical phenomenons.


- clinics: clinical phenomenology
- macroscopy: macroscopical phenomenology
- microscopy: microscopical phenomenology
- medical biology: biological phenomenology
- medical biology: physiological phenomenology


The phenomenalism is the view that diseases cannot justifiably be said to exist in themselves, but only as perceptual phenomena or sensory stimuli (e.g. clinical signs , symptoms , morphological anomalies , physiological anomalies , etc.) situated in time and in space.


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