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To the Editor:
—In the name of economy let us have some editorial regulation as to the form and manner of reporting cases and clinical statistics. System, uniformity, conciseness and graphic contrasts make for saving of comprehension, of patience, of time, of space, of printing, of white paper, and, above all, for the securing of attention to invaluable data which, under the most favorable circumstances, are tedious reading.The symptoms of a case, I would urge, should be uniformily contrasted thus; (a) positive findings; (b) negative findings, and (c) dubious, uncertain or debatable points which an author finds it necessary to mention.There should be no difficulty and no objection in adopting a uniform method of recording, such as the following: (1) positive data, which the reader needs to note and bear in mind: (2) negative data for purposes of knowing what might have been expected but did not appear,
Taylor JM. AN OUTLINE FOR CASE REPORTS. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(25):1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060341031