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August 24, 1907


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JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):688-689. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320080056003

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That all physicians should, and that relatively few physicians do, keep clinical records of their cases is a statement that needs only to be made to be accepted. Of those who have no records, some seem perfectly satisfied with what they can remember, but many recognize that the absence of clinical memoranda is a deplorable fact, and are groping for some system adapted to their needs.

By many, cards are thought to afford the ultimate solution of the problem, and either cards or books serve very well for office records; when wanted away from the office, however, they are rarely at hand. In family practice, after an extended trial, they proved so ill-adapted to my personal needs that the suggestions here given were worked out, adopting freely whatever appealed to me in other systems.

The whole system depends on a clinical blank which combines a record of charges, credits and

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