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One of the major contributions to medical education in recent years is Lawrence Weed's conceptualization, application, and popularization of the problem-oriented record. Basically, he believes that a patient's record should be a scientific document. Every record should start with a complete list of the patient's problems. For each problem, there should be a plan for appropriate diagnostic studies and also a plan for appropriate treatment based on what is known at that time. Finally, for each problem, there should be progress notes bringing up to date the diagnostic findings, the therapeutic results, and further diagnostic and therapeutic plans. Inherent in this scientific approach to the medical record is a concept that is very radical to the classic idea of medical education. That is, a good physician is not one who, by unusual gift or diligent rote, can recall every bit of medical information ever published, but he is one who
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