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January 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(2):128-129. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530280044013

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More than one practical yet prominent physician of modern times has insisted that physicians would be very much helped by knowing a system of shorthand and taking their notes in it. Among distinguished English-speaking physicians who have emphasized this is Sir William Gowers, who learned shorthand for his duties earlier in life as a parliamentary reporter, and whose advice, therefore, possibly bears less weight than would otherwise be the case. There is no doubt, however, that more complete notes of cases could be taken than is now possible. Physicians not infrequently find during the course of a patient's illness that more notes at the beginning of the case would not only have helped them to understand the ailment better, but would also have provided excellent material for publication with regard to many cases that now remain unpublished or are published so incompletely as to lack much of their significance. Besides,

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