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I have 3 doctors: DrID 1, 2 and 3. Each Doctor gets their own list of Types. The TypeIDs and the DrIDs are brought together in a table: TypesDrs like this:

TypeDrID  DrID  TypeID
1              1        5

TypeDrID  DrID  TypeID
1              2        5

TypeDrID  DrID  TypeID
1              3        5

I need to generate 2 lists on one page : first list is the Types assigned to the DrID and the other is the Types NOT assigned to the DrID.

here's the example:

http://pacificcenterplasticsurgery.com/admin/add_procedure2.php?DrID=3

    * Breast Lift (Mastopexy) [Add]  [Delete]
    * Breast Reduction [Add]  [Delete]

Are assigned to DrID=3. I'm trying to generate a list below that that will exclude the Types that are not assigned to DrID=3. This is tricky because if I say:

WHERE TypesDrs.DrID <>".$drid." I still get the Types I'm trying to exclude because they are assigned to the other 2 doctors.

/*TYPES TO DELETE (THE TYPES CURRENLTY LISTED UNDER THE DOCTOR*/
mysql_select_db($database_pacific, $pacific);
$query_rsTypes = "SELECT Type, TypesDrs.TypeID, TypesDrs.DrID FROM Types, TypesDrs WHERE DrID=".$drid." AND Types.TypeID=TypesDrs.TypeID ORDER BY Type ASC";
$rsTypes = mysql_query($query_rsTypes, $pacific) or die(mysql_error());
$row_rsTypes = mysql_fetch_assoc($rsTypes);
$totalRows_rsTypes = mysql_num_rows($rsTypes);
 
/*TYPES TO ADD (THE TYPES NOT CURRENLTY LISTED UNDER THE DOCTOR*/
mysql_select_db($database_pacific, $pacific);
$query_rsTypesAdd = "SELECT distinct Type, TypesDrs.TypeID, TypesDrs.DrID FROM Types, TypesDrs WHERE DrID<>".$drid." AND Types.TypeID=TypesDrs.TypeID ORDER BY Type ASC";
$rsTypesAdd = mysql_query($query_rsTypesAdd, $pacific) or die(mysql_error());
$row_rsTypesAdd = mysql_fetch_assoc($rsTypesAdd);
$totalRows_rsTypesAdd = mysql_num_rows($rsTypesAdd);

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Roger Baklund earned 500 total points
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This type of problem can be solved with a LEFT JOIN query. This type of query returns NULL when a row in the joined table is not found. Testing for NULL in the WHERE clause returns the types NOT related to this doctor.
SELECT Types.Type, Types.TypeID
FROM Types
LEFT JOIN TypesDrs ON 
  TypesDrs.DrID = $drid AND 
  TypesDrs.TypeID = Types.TypeID
WHERE TypesDrs.TypeID IS NULL
ORDER BY Types.Type ASC

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by:phillystyle123
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hot damn! that completely did the trick - thanks so much for the info!!!!!
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