G. Stuart Mendenhall, MD
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Mendenhall GS. Emphasis and Priority. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:627-628. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-9-201311050-00009
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The intern's voice trembled a bit, but as he stood in front of the large group on attending rounds, his anxiety was understandable. He began the routine: “Mr. Jones, a 78-year-old black male, presented with ....”
Our attending physician did not hesitate to pounce. “Hold it right there,” he commanded.
“Formal presentation of a patient requires organization. The most important information should be given first, and everything else presented in a well-organized and structured fashion.”
The intern readily agreed, too frightened to make an overt display of his indignation.
“Name is an essential identifier. Age gives context to his illness. Numerous diseases are clearly gender-specific. The presenting complaint allows us to frame the history around the current issue. Of all these issues, one provides a framework that is unnecessary, and possibly counterproductive.”
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