A method for introducing the concepts of chaos theory to medical students

Theor Med Bioeth. 1998 Jan;19(1):1-4. doi: 10.1023/a:1009922213368.


Chaos theory is beginning to find applications in the field of medicine. The theory of chaos should be introduced to students to help them as they make the transition from learning the scientific literature to actually applying this newly acquired knowledge in clinical situations. Chaos theory will give the students a powerful conceptual framework from which they can better understand the limits of predictability in clinical situations. Failure to understand the limits of predictability in chaotic natural systems will invariably lead to frustration in both patients and physicians.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Coronary Disease / diagnosis
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nonlinear Dynamics*