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Introduction

An algorithm is a method of solving a problem by following a predetermined number of steps. Generally an algorithm is the basis of a computer program, but the sequence of rules we use to make a recipe in the kitchen is also an algorithm: the sequence of predetermined actions, the non-infinite quantity of actions and the uniqueness of the result that is obtains are general characteristics of the concept of algorithm.

In the medical field, especially in the management of complex problems, having an "algorithm" that determines a therapeutic path made up of precise steps can be an important help for the doctor. Using a sequence of pre-ordered steps to understand if a subject is suitable and appropriate for a therapy is an approach of enormous utility and guarantee for the patient and for the doctor.

It is important to remember that the algorithm must be formulated on the basis of reliable data and verified knowledge.

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