Apart from the case record, no mechanism exists in medicine that brings its diverse elements together. Improving these clinical portraits and striving to enlarge their usefulness must be central goals of medicine, for the case records are the works that define its essence.

—Stanley J. Reiser, 1991 (1)

This issue includes 2 articles that may initially seem unrelated. Siegler (2) gives us an extraordinary look at the evolution of medical records at The New York Hospital in the 1800s. Maxson and colleagues (3), from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, describe federal efforts to support the broad ...

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