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medical history

n. Details about a patient's previous medical experiences, such as operations and medications taken.

medical history

n. the case history of a medical patient [syn: medical record, anamnesis]

Medical history

The medical history or (medical) case history (also called anamnesis, especially historically) (often abbreviated hx or Hx) of a patient is information gained by a physician by asking specific questions, either of the patient or of other people who know the person and can give suitable information (in this case, it is sometimes called heteroanamnesis), with the aim of obtaining information useful in formulating a diagnosis and providing medical care to the patient. The medically relevant complaints reported by the patient or others familiar with the patient are referred to as symptoms, in contrast with clinical signs, which are ascertained by direct examination on the part of medical personnel. Most health encounters will result in some form of history being taken. Medical histories vary in their depth and focus. For example, an ambulance paramedic would typically limit their history to important details, such as name, history of presenting complaint, allergies, etc. In contrast, a psychiatric history is frequently lengthy and in depth, as many details about the patient's life are relevant to formulating a management plan for a psychiatric illness.

The information obtained in this way, together with the physical examination, enables the physician and other health professionals to form a diagnosis and treatment plan. If a diagnosis cannot be made, a provisional diagnosis may be formulated, and other possibilities (the differential diagnoses) may be added, listed in order of likelihood by convention. The treatment plan may then include further investigations to clarify the diagnosis.

Medical History (album)

Medical History is a compilation album of songs by drum & bass DJ, producer and musician Danny Byrd. It contains ten tracks from six different Danny Byrd singles released from 2000 to 2007. It was released as a digital download on 5 March 2007.

Other Hospital Records artists have their own compilation albums of the same name.

Medical History (journal)

Medical History is an open-access peer-reviewed journal of history of medicine. It was established in 1957. The journal is edited by Sanjoy Bhattacharya and is published by Cambridge University Press.

The journal is associated with the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, the Asian Society for the History of Medicine, and the World Health Organization's Global Health Histories initiative.

Usage examples of "medical history".

And -- this is what I want to impress on you, Chris -- the day will come when no writer will dare to offer a novel or a play to the public until he has investigated the medical history of all his characters.

She complied, then gave David's medical history as best she knew it.

It made a check of the public health status of that reckless world, in view of its just-learned medical history.

If it's true Lybarger had a stroke, he would have a medical history.

Blackman then took a detailed medical history, which impressed Kristin with its thoroughness.

I heard about that case and I happen to know that Miss Tedesco had withheld certain aspects of her medical history.

Next she included the meager medical history attesting to the fact that Nancy Greenly had been a healthy individual.

I have to examine you first, check your medical history, determine the age of the embryo—.

Edward Stafford, a man who shared Robert Turner's passion for medical history, was the best man.

As part of her analysis she had traced laboriously through the Takagishi medical history, paying special attention to the cardiology report.