taking is the art of asking questions from a patient so that he/she can say
exactly how he /she feels. Only then can the doctor understand the problem(s)
of the patient. The above schedule is followed in modern history taking from
obtaining biodata to presenting complaint to past medical history to
treatment, family, social and psychiatric histories. What the patient
complains of is described as symptom.
Say hello and introduce
Ask for name and complaint
List the complaints in order
of severity and duration
Ask the patient to tell the
story of his/her illness in his own words
Ask questions relating to each
Ask in relation to past, treatment,
family, social and psychiatric histories.