By Mike Magner

EISBN-13: 978-0-306-82258-2

While the large undesirable company has frequently been the criminal in lots of of the world’s maximum environmental mess ups, when it comes to the mass poisoning at Camp Lejeune the offender is a respected establishment: the united states Marine Corps. for 2 many years now, revelations have gradually emerged approximately pervasive infection, linked clusters of disorder and dying one of the Marine households stationed there, and army stonewalling and failure to behave. Mike Magner’s chilling research creates a suspenseful narrative from the person tales, medical proof, and smoldering experience of betrayal between these whose motto is timeless constancy. He additionally increases far-reaching and ominous questions about frequent illness on US army bases world wide.

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In physiology, one talks of the endocrine system or the respiratory system. In clinical practice, we develop systems for questioning and examining our patients. Indeed, the whole of healthcare itself is often described as a system. Each of these examples is very different, but the simplest thing connecting them is that each system consists of a collection of component ideas, processes or objects. We saw in Chapter 1 that models are the basis for building artefacts and interacting with the world.

1). The human body also makes assumptions about its environment. The haemopoietic system adjusts the number of red blood cells needed for normal function, on the basis of the available oxygen in the atmosphere. As a consequence, the oxygen-carrying system of someone living at sea level is calibrated differently from that of someone living at high altitude. An athlete training at sea level will not perform well if moved quickly to a high altitude because these ‘working assumptions’ are no longer met.

Thus, the datum that ‘the patient’s blood pressure is 125/70 mmHg’ yields information if it tells us something new. In the context of managing a patient’s high blood pressure, using our general knowledge of medicine, and patient specific knowledge, the datum may allow us to draw the inference that the patient’s blood pressure is now under control. One can now see how each of these three concepts is related. Using a piece of knowledge, in a given context, data are interpreted to produce information.

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