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The history 

The history
The history

James Thomas

, Tanya Monaghan

, and Prarthana Thiagarajan




Recommended weekly alcohol consumption

The Department of Health and Social Care guidance regarding weekly alcohol consumption changed in 2016. Women and men are advised not to exceed 14 units per week.

Chapter updated by Prarthana Thiagarajan

Updated on 11 October 2018. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 29 June 2022

History taking

Presenting complaint (PC)

Past medical history (PMH)

Drug history (DHx)

Allergies and reactions



Family history (FHx)

Social history (SHx)

Systematic enquiry (SE)

Sexual history

The elderly patient

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