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Journal Article
Review

Diagnostic heuristics in dermatology—part 1 and part 2.

Lowenstein EJ, Sidlow R. The British journal of dermatology. 2018;179:1263-1269.

Cognitive shortcuts, or heuristics, are often used by experts to make decisions. This two-part review examines how heuristics affect diagnosis in dermatology. The first article discusses the strengths and weaknesses in visual diagnosis behaviors. The second recommends techniques for improving decision making and self-awareness of thought processes to avoid diagnostic error in dermatology practice.