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A graphical representation of the course of all or part of a patient's life is an underused and potentially valuable clinical tool in psychiatry. Such 'life charts' were employed by Meyer and Kraepelin at the beginning of the century but have received little attention since. The following article briefly reviews the history of life charts, describes their construction and illustrates their uses.


Journal article


Br J Hosp Med

Publication Date





44 - 47


Humans, Life Change Events, Medical History Taking, Medical Records, Mental Disorders, Patient Compliance, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Research