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Title Computerized Consultation System for Selection of Antimicrobial Therapy
Author(s) Sharon M. Wraith, Janice S. Aikins, Bruce G. Buchanan, William J. Clancey, Randall Davis, Lawrence M. Fagan, John F. Hannigan, A. Carlisle Scott, Edward H. Shortliffe, William J. van Melle, Victor L. Yu, Stanton G. Axline, Stanley N. Cohen
Source Am J Hosp Pharm, Vol. 33, Pages 1304-1308
Publication Date December 1976
Abstract Mycin, a computer-based consultation system which porvides to physicians antimicrobial therapy recommendations for patients with bacterial infections, is described. The consultation program arrives at therapeutic decisions using a built-in knowledge base as well as patient data entered by the physician. The system is capable of explaining its recommendations and answering questions about its reasoning process. The system's knowledge can be updated and corrected easily by infectious disease experts. At the present the system is operational within a research setting; its routine use in a clinical setting will require further evaluation of its reliability and effectiveness.


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