case history


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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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,, "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 The High Court had agreed on the removal of the case history and clinical history sections of the report after defense lawyers argued the content was based on hearsay. Washington Post, "Court asked to restore details of Kim Jong Nam post-mortem," 3 Oct. 2017 As any regular viewer of Investigation Discovery can attest, the wealthy constitute a huge proportion of the amoral, criminally deranged, and otherwise loathsome characters who populate its seductive case histories. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Guilty Rich’ Review: Dirty Money," 24 Aug. 2017

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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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.

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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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