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History taking

In taking histories follow each line of thought, ask no leading questions. Never suggest. Give the patient’s own words in the complaint. (from Osler 1849-1919 cited in Huth and Murray, 2000)

History taking is a vital part of the assessment process and helps to illustrate a truly holistic picture of the patient. A good health history can be said to provide 80% of the information needed for a diagnosis (Epstein et al., 2008).