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MODEL. A machine made on a small scale to show the manner in which it is to be worked or employed.
     2. The Act of Congress of July 4, 1836, section 6, requires an inventor who is desirous to take out a patent for his invention, to furnish a model of his invention, in all cases which admit of representation by model, of a convenient size to exhibit advantageously its several parts.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Wilkinson, "Paediatric Index of Mortality (PIM): a mortality prediction model for children in intensive care," Intensive Care Medicine, vol.
Schuster (1992) studied the use of two severity scoring systems and concluded that, although no one system is universal for all populations, APACHE III, with its large database, is superior to APACHE II and the Mortality Prediction Model (MPM).
Consequently, we hypothesized that the statistically unusual Medicare hospital mortality performance of national referral centers such as Mayo may be attributable to severity factors associated with referral selection that are not fully captured in the extant Medicare hospital mortality prediction model of HCFA.