By Dr. Francis W. Peabody. You can read a little about Dr. Peabody here. He gave a series of lectures to the Harvard medical students in 1926 and this was published in JAMA in 1927. It is even more relevant today than it was then. He starts by discussing the explosion of scientific knowledge in the prior 30 years and its effects on medical education. He talks about the importance of maintaining the human connection in medical care. But particular attention should be paid to the section, “Patients Who Have ‘Nothing Wrong With Them.’” A quote you may not have heard before: “Medically speaking, they are not serious cases as regards prospective death, but they are often extremely serious as regards prospective life.” A quote you probably have heard before: “One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.”
I wrote this guide for the medical students on the stroke service, but I think it’s a good resource for beginning residents as well, and not just for stroke. I’s basically a discussion of how to formulate a neurological case and present it succinctly.