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August 19th, 2016

As I assess more patients over time, I’m always coming back to the importance of observations during evaluation. I think a recent report’s behavioral observation section was over one page. Reminds me of Sherlock Holmes:

Let him, on meeting a fellow-mortal, learn at a glance to distinguish the history of the man, and the trade or profession to which he belongs. Puerile as such an exercise may seem, it sharpens the faculties of observation, and teaches one where to look and what to look for. By a man’s finger nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boot, by his trouser knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt cuffs—by each of these things a man’s calling is plainly revealed. That all united should fail to enlighten the competent enquirer in any case is almost inconceivable.

—From “The Book of Life,” an article by Sherlock Holmes quoted in A Study in Scarlet

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