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Instant Medical History version 5.2

Instant Medical History version 5.2


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by Charles J. Zelnick, M.D.
How does Instant Medical History work? Essentially, you can think of it as a ?compulsive third-year medical student in a box.? Third-year students focus on learning to take histories. They are typically assigned a patient to interview in the hospital, and so will arrive at the bedside with a clipboard and a long list of questions on a form. Given a chief complaint, they pull out the list of questions for the relevant organ system, and they make sure all are answered. Positive answers may elicit further questions. Once the present illness is covered, the student moves on to ask about past medical history, family and social history, and allergies, and finally performs a complete review of systems.