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March 6, 1909


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JAMA. 1909;LII(10):762-767. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420360018002e

One can find in medical literature a great many sentences and paragraphs, an occasional page and a few isolated articles dealing with the subject of case records, but there is very little which offers to the student and practitioner a plan by which he may make records in an orderly and systematic way and at the same time preserve them for ready reference. There is no difference of opinion as to the value of such records. All seem to be agreed that it is impossible to arrive at a full and correct understanding of our cases without the systematic study incident to making records of the cases as they come before us from day to day.

It has long been the custom to keep records in large hospitals, and the greater part of the statistical basis for our discussions is from hospital records. It has recently been truly said by