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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.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Hosp Med

Publication Date

07/1990

Volume

44

Pages

44 - 47

Keywords

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