Unformatted text preview: Miller, UWP 104F Paper #2: Formal Case Study Health professionals often find themselves writing case reports that rely on careful observation and on a sense of a patient’s history and behavior. Whether they are formal case studies like those I printed from the internet or more informal ones like Oliver Sacks’ “A Bolt from the Blue” (cf. your Reader), the case study is a kind of story, one that attempts to observe any meaningful physiological, biochemical, emotional, and behavioral characteristics. A case study is intended to help those who read it to make diagnoses. It tells the reader what symptoms to look for, and how a disease usually presents itself (which is particularly useful when the disease is rare). The clinician does not know, on first seeing a patient, what point the illness has reached in its natural course. The case study helps in this situation by giving a thorough description of the whole course of an illness, and does so by relating an actual instance of the condition as suffered by a real person.course of an illness, and does so by relating an actual instance of the condition as suffered by a real person....
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This note was uploaded on 07/29/2010 for the course UWP 1 taught by Professor Braun during the Summer '08 term at UC Davis.
- Summer '08