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March 5, 1927

History Taking and Recording.

JAMA. 1927;88(10):749-750. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680360061038

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This neat, well written and concise book was prepared by a man interested in obstetrics and gynecology. This may appear strange; for while most persons admit the necessity of a complete history for medical and general surgical cases and a more or less detailed history for gynecologic patients, few see the usefulness of a complete history for obstetric patients. Even the author himself, who is both a gynecologist and an obstetrician, states in the introduction that the list he gives was designed originally for the history taker in a gynecologic clinic, but he does not mention the obstetric clinic. Without doubt, however, a fair number of complications in obstetrics would be avoided if obstetricians knew more about the history of their patients. The author explains that the object of taking and recording a history is, first, to diagnose disease; secondly, to discover symptoms demanding relief, and, thirdly, to obtain data

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