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The doctor's bedside companion

Doctors have long delegated to computers such mundane tasks as billing patients and keeping track of the medication and care they receive. Now the computer is about to move into the examining room. After 15 years of development, Dr. Jack Myers, 72, an internist, and Computer Engineer and Neurology Professor Harry Pople, 51, both at the University of Pittsburgh, announced the debut of Caduceus, a computer program that has the ability to diagnose some 600 diseases. Named for the physician's snake-entwined staff, it will be field-tested in four hospitals affiliated with the university, beginning late in 1986.

The program is an...

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