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January 1951

History Taking.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(1):178-179. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810010188020

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Abstract

This paper-bound volume is full of the wisdom that can be gathered only by a man like George Blumer, who has been an able teacher of medicine all his days.

As he says, the problem of taking a history is complicated by the fact that the patient so commonly omits reference to the most important information which he could give. Often it is hard to see how he could have left it out.

As Dr. Blumer says, one of the great mistakes being made in medicine today is to stop taking a history when the diagnosis appears to be made. Often that is just the time the physician must begin taking the sort of history which will tell him how he is to treat the patient. In difficult cases one cannot get anywhere without a good history.

Dr. Blumer tells how in his youth he knew a wise old general

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