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[bioontology-support] search concept definitions

Lee M Surprenant lmsurpre at
Mon Aug 26 13:54:39 PDT 2013

Exactly what I was looking for, thanks Ray!

For the record, I did try the "history and physical" search but I did NOT
think to set the "include property values" flag.  For some reason I was
thinking it only affected the contents of what would be returned, not the
actual fields that are searched (similar to includedefinitions)


Lee Surprenant
IBM Emerging Technologies | jStart Team
lmsurpre at | (919) 543-8919

From:	Ray Fergerson <ray.fergerson at>
To:	Lee M Surprenant/Raleigh/IBM at IBMUS, <support at>
Date:	08/26/2013 04:47 PM
Subject:	RE: [bioontology-support] search concept definitions


If you use “History and Physical” as the search term and then include
property values in the search, you will get 10 matches, including the ROS
one that you prefer. The “include property valus” flag allows the system to
search the definition property, which is were the matches are made.


      From: bioontology-support-bounces at [
      mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of
      Lee M Surprenant
      Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:29 PM
      To: support at
      Subject: [bioontology-support] search concept definitions

      I was browsing the REST API and I do not see this function.  Here is
      why I think it would be useful:

      I am trying to find the best match for my concept "History and
      Physical" from within the NCI Thesaurus.

      I make the following REST call:

      I get back a single answer with a decent match:
      <preferredName>Physical Examination</preferredName>
      <definition>A systemic evaluation of the body and it's functions
      using visual inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. The
      purpose is to determine the presence or absence of physical signs of
      disease or abnormality for an individual's health

      But it's missing the 'History' part, so I browse the Ontology
      manually and find:

       Preferr       Review of Systems                                     
       ed Name                                                             
       Synonym       ROS                                                   
       Definit       A comprehensive assessment of a patient, which        
       ions          includes a subjective history taking component as     
       (DEFINI       well as an objective based structured interview and   
       TION)         physical examination of all the body systems.         
       ID            C95618                                                

      Now, I'm not necessarilly saying that ROS is a "better" match, but it
      would be nice for it to show up on the search results.  Any thoughts?


      Lee Surprenant
      IBM Emerging Technologies | jStart Team
      lmsurpre at | (919) 543-8919

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