Stanley J. Reiser, MD, PhD
The clinical case record freezes in time that episode in life called illness. It is a story in which patient and family are the main characters, with the doctor serving a dual purpose as both biographer and part of the plot. The content of this biography varies greatly, reflecting its many purposes: to recall observations, to inform others, to instruct students, to gain knowledge, to monitor performance, and to justify interventions. In this essay, I discuss how clinical cases have shaped and reflected learning and action in medicine and how the document in which these cases are inscribed—the clinical record—has
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Reiser SJ. The Clinical Record in Medicine Part 1: Learning from Cases(The Clinical Record in Medicine Part 1: Learning from Cases*). Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:902–907. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-10-902
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(10):902-907.
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