Medical Definition of Retrodiagnosis

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

Retrodiagnosis: Retrospective diagnosis. The proposal that the mysterious illness that killed Alexander the Great more than 2,300 years ago was West Nile fever is an exercise in retrodiagnosis.

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Reviewed on 9/7/2018