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PERTINENT, evidence. Those facts which tend to prove the allegations of the party offering them, are called pertinent; those which have no such tendency are called impertinent, 8 Toull. n. 22. By pertinent is also meant that which belongs. Willes, 319.

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Pertinent negatives included in the report should be relevant to the clinical information provided.
When we were medical students, a list of pertinent negatives proved that we had taken a thorough history and done a complete exam.
The tabular format with positive responses on the left and pertinent negatives on the right is well organized but takes up a lot of space on paper.