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On Being a Doctor |

House Call

Gregory C. Kane, MD
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From Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Note: Names and some details have been altered for patient privacy.

Requests for Single Reprints: Gregory C. Kane, MD, Department of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, 1022 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; e-mail, gregory.kane@jefferson.edu.


Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(10):717. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-155-10-201111150-00014
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On the bureau was a simple ringed notebook—the kind I used in high school biology class—summarizing Marie's care. In its pages, I reviewed entries detailing every medication dose, periodic vital signs, observations of the hospice nurse on their visits, and notes entered by her daughter. It was an informal medical record, yes—but one recorded with great detail, care, and devotion.

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