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November 29, 1958

Lifetime Health Record

JAMA. 1958;168(13):1829. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000130095027

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Valuable educational aspects are combined in this small volume with useful guides on the recording of important medical facts that all too often are forgotten or distorted with the passage of time. Perhaps the most significant feature is the ease with which the booklet can be used. In a two-page introduction, Rutstein provides a thorough explanation of how the records can be prepared and the reasons for their importance. Space is provided for birth information, as well as for recording data on immunizations. Growth records to age 25 can be kept, and there is an extended portion in which adult weight records can be maintained. Other items covered include hospital admissions, operations, accidents, and blood transfusions, both given and received. The record can be kept in even greater detail, if desired, with space for blood examinations results, urine tests, electrocardiograms, other special laboratory studies, and general results of routine health

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