Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Medical History

The simple fact that in over 80 per cent of cases the diagnosis of the illness can be made purely on the basis of what the patient tells the doctor (what is called a medical history) should emphasize the importance of one's ability to talk intelligently to one's doctor! While the capability of absorbing the relevant details of an individual's medical history is one of the key skills of a competent physician, being able to provide a lucid history is a key skill on the part of a good patient.

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