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This outline seems essentially an expansion of the well-known, standard Kirby and Cheney Guide. Dr. Preu indicates most of the questions he considers necessary to obtain adequate information about an individual. He very wisely stresses the importance of putting things down in the terms actually used by the patient and the informant—not the historian's retrospective impression of what was said.
The observations on history-taking technic (pp. 4-6) and method of mental examination (pp. 74-76) are good, although we do feel that the mental examination should contain only items directly observed at that time by the examiner (p. 81).
Outline of Psychiatric Case-Study.. Ann Intern Med. 1939;13:556. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-3-556_2
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