Clinical Case History, Observation, and Interview

  • Leighton C. Whitaker
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


The earliest and still most often used methods for assessing persons who may be regarded as having schizophrenia or, indeed, any disorder of the mind, are history taking, clinical observation, and the psychiatric interview, including a mental status examination. These methods are essentially part of medical tradition. Each method grew out of clinical medicine—descending primarily from neurology, in the case of psychiatry, with its emphasis on diseases of the nervous system. Whereas clinical observation and the interview are methods used in all of clinical medicine, mental status exams have been inherited specifically from neurology.


Schizophrenic Patient Psychiatric Hospital Tardive Dyskinesia Psychiatric Interview Secondary Symptom 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leighton C. Whitaker
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  1. 1.Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmoreUSA

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