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Observation

"Observation" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The act of regarding attentively and studying facts and occurrences, gathering data through analyzing, measuring, and drawing conclusions, with the purpose of applying the observed information to theoretical assumptions. Observation as a scientific method in the acquisition of knowledge began in classical antiquity; in modern science and medicine its greatest application is facilitated by modern technology. Observation is one of the components of the research process.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Observation" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Observation" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 195 publications over 21 distinct years, with a maximum of 25 publications in 2010
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