April 1927

History Taking and Recording.

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By James A. Corscaden. Pp. 78. Price, $1.50. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, 1926.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;39(4):604. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130040142017

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Any method that may serve as a stimulus to better history taking and recording is of particular interest to those concerned with the teaching of physical diagnosis. Mastery by the student of the technic of history taking is of such great importance that many attempts to clear the way have been made through the medium of handbooks. This text of seventy-eight pages designed for the student includes a discussion of the general principles of case history writing and an extensive list of terms employed, classified according to the regions of the body and the diseases commonly located in those regions. Suggestions as to form and outline should clarify the objective sought in a reliable history; so far as they are stimulating to the student, they will serve a useful purpose. Since, however, a medical history reflects the general medical experience and attainments of a physician, a handbook cannot entirely solve

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