case history

noun

Definition of case history 

: a record of history, environment, and relevant details of a case especially for use in analysis or illustration

Examples of case history in a Sentence

The patient's case history showed recurring fits of depression.

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Are there themes that turned up in these case histories that still hold true today? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 There is no case history of heroism that isn’t similarly remarkable in this story of Americans from all walks of life, moved by devotion to their comrades, and to country, to extraordinary acts of courage. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Medal of Honor’ Review: Portraits of Heroism," 1 Nov. 2018 The 321-page decision is long on case history and short on legal analysis. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "North Carolina’s Gerrymander Coup," 30 Aug. 2018 Given that medicine is itself a narrative practice—in which the case history has always played a central part—it, too, might benefit from a respect for ambiguity. Lidija Haas, The New Yorker, "Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief," 17 June 2014 Common duties involve reviewing the case history, visiting with the foster child, school teachers, counselors and others involved in the foster child’s life. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Inspired by one foster child’s story, advocate reaches out to help disadvantaged youth," 22 May 2018 An internal review of William Wratten's case file showed that Corinne Wratten had accessed the chronological case history on Oct. 31, 2016, and again on Jan. 20, 2017, according to court documents. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Docs: Former probation officer charged with falsifying husband's probation records," 19 Mar. 2018 Carli Brosseau and Rebecca Woolington, two members of our investigative reporting team, spent two years fighting to obtain 10,000 pages of documents and three state databases that included case histories of bad police officers. Mark Katches, OregonLive.com, "Our best journalism of 2017 got results and shaped debates (Editor's Notebook)," 11 Jan. 2018 This extra turn of the screw of pretense is also directly from the case history of Monsieur Boursicot (the subject of a fascinating book by The New York Times columnist Joyce Wadler). Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘M. Butterfly’ Returns to Broadway on Heavier Wings," 26 Oct. 2017

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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case history

noun

English Language Learners Definition of case history

: a record that shows a person's past illnesses, treatments, and other information for use by doctors, social workers, etc.

case history

noun

Medical Definition of case history 

: a record of an individual's personal or family history and environment for use in analysis or instructive illustration

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