One of my most basic uses of my notes is to collect multiple instances of a thing in one place. I do this in order to (1) have references for later use when I am producing some kind of scholarly output (2) to enable synthesis of a consensus from the instances, (3) to generalize (induce) some insight from the collected instances.
Here are some specific examples:
In this note below, I have titled the note [Aphasia], which is a neurological sign. I’ve collected two definitions from multiple sources in the same note. My purpose is that when I need to define this term, I will have multiple examples to choose from to find their similarities and differences.
Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions. Wikipedia
Aphasia, or dysphasia, is a defect in language processing caused by dysfunction of the dominant cerebral hemisphere. Because aphasia is a disorder of language and not a simple sensory or motor deficit, both spoken language and written language are affected. [Blumenfeld]
Here is another example. I started a page for [[Definitions of Small Fiber Neuropathy]]. Many different sources have definitions of small fiber neuropathy, and they differ. This page [[Definitions of Small Fiber Neuropathy]] can serve as a collecting bin for these definitions for me to be able to get an overview of the ways people define the disease.
Definitions of Small Fiber Neuropathy
“Small fibre neuropathies are a heterogeneous group of disorders affecting thinly myelinated Aδ-fibres and unmyelinated C-fibres”
Terkelsen, A., Karlsson, P., Lauria, G., Freeman, R., Finnerup, N., Jensen, T. (2017). The diagnostic challenge of small fibre neuropathy: clinical presentations, evaluations, and causes The Lancet Neurology 16(11), 934 - 944.](https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s1474-4422(17)30329-0)
“Small-fiber polyneuropathy refers to widespread preferential damage to the small-diameter somatic and autonomic unmyelinated C-fibers and/or thinly myelinated A-delta fibers.”
Oaklander, A., Nolano, M. (2019). Scientific Advances in and Clinical Approaches to Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy: A Review. JAMA Neurology 76(10), 1240-1251. https://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.2917
“Small-fiber polyneuropathy’ (SFPN), also known as small-fiber neuropathy, refers to those polyneuropathies that preferentially affect peripheral neurons with the thinnest axons, including the unmyelinated C-fibers, thinly myelinated A-δ somatosensory axons and the sympathetic and parasympathetic neurons.”
Liu, X., Treister, R., Lang, M., Oaklander, A. (2018). IVIg for apparently autoimmune small-fiber polyneuropathy: first analysis of efficacy and safety Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders 11(), 175628561774448. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1756285617744484