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November 6, 1937


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JAMA. 1937;109(19):1561. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450065025

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To the Editor:—  A well taken history is complementary to a well done physical examination. A skilled historian needs no special history form and, indeed, may rise above the handicap of a grossly inadequate one. The student, however, is much influenced in his career by the form with which he is first familiarized. It is interesting to observe with what tenacity the student in his subsequent professional career sticks to habits ingrained as an undergraduate. I wish to suggest a minor revision of the standard medical history form.The standard history form is broadly divided into History of the Present Illness, Personal Medical History, and Family History. The divisions H. P. I. and P. M. H. may be justified on the basis of expediency but lead to the development of a narrow perspective with reference to the development of disease processes. I believe that the history of the present illness

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