Aunt Minnie method

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Aunt Minnie method


A popular term for the unsound–albeit often applied and diagnostically useful–pattern recognition approach to clinical decision-making, which derives from the quip:  

Why is it Aunt Minnie?

Because it looks like Aunt Minnie

Experts are disdainful of pattern recognition as the primary means of establishing a diagnosis. While it allows moulding of future generations of pathologists and radiologists in an accepted paradigm, exceptions are generally relegated to wastepaper basket categories, as they can’t be explained or understood in an arbitrarily-defined context. 

Synonyms Aunt Millie approach, Aunt Minnie approach, Aunt Millie method 

Reference NEJM 1987; 316:738cpc

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