Stanley N. Schwartz, MD
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Do you ever really read operative notes? I read them all the time. My favorites are those huge, three-page notes written in one endless paragraph. My surgical friends will describe every move of the hands during a 6-hour operation. Sometimes I wonder how they can remember such minutiae when I have trouble recalling particulars of a patient visit 15 minutes earlier.
We non-proceduralists (cognitive physicians, non-invasive physicians) concern ourselves with what we see and what we do. Rarely do we pay much attention to the mechanics of an office visit. Surgeons, on the other hand, document how they treat a
Schwartz SN. The Diagnosticotherapeutic Procedure. Ann Intern Med. ;109:764–765. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-764_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):764-765.
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