A Medical Analogy

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A Medical Analogy Suppose you are a doctor anxious to know about the internal state of one of your patients. What can you do? There are a  variety of possible approaches: You can rely on external evidence - the appearance of the person. Are they flushed or jaundiced? Are they covered  with chicken pox? Does the skin have a good tone?   You could study the patient's emissions. Does the breath have an acetone smell? (I am told that this is significant  for diabetics.) What does urinalysis tell you?    You could get an X-ray image of the patient to look for evidence of broken bones, tumours, and what have you. You could physically probe the interior. This might involve rather superficial sampling, such as withdrawing a bit of  blood, but could be much more invasive. You might, for instance, do a spinal tap, insert an arthroscopic fibre-optic 
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