- Define the problem (chief complaint)
- List the ailments that could cause that problem (differential diagnoses)
- Rule out (or prove wrong) every item on the list – what cannot be ruled out is the working diagnosis.
A workup narrows the list
Helps deal with probable neurotic disorders
This one is easy to find locally
We, like the intelligence services, can benefit from using a differential to understand “where he’s coming from.” We’ll use this technique in the future to help understand other behaviors we observe in Costa Mesa, both the healthy behaviors and those not so healthy.