In a recent article on group study,1 Birtch has described the methods in use in the Diagnostic Section of St. Luke's Hospital Clinical Club, of San Francisco. He has shown the advantage of correlated study in the investigation of patients, and has explained the details of the diagnostic team work. Since the publication of that article, numerous inquiries have been received which indicate that this method of clinical study is not clearly understood. In order that the profession may understand the character of this work, a brief review of the important features will be presented here.
The most important phase of the work is the thoroughness of the examination. Each patient is examined by each member of the diagnostic section. The purpose of such an examination cannot be clearly appreciated by every one, inasmuch as questions such as the following have been received within the last month. One prominent
BEHLOW WW. GROUP STUDY: A REPORT OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY CASES. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(5):360–361. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020040012
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