Why is it important to have a universal scheme for describing the abdominal region?

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The only practical reason for having a “universal scheme” of one’s abdominal region is for purposes of international travel, during which gastroenteritis or other bacterial illness can occur that adversely affect the digestive system – and even then, “abdominal region” doesn’t necessarily include the intestinal tract where the problem may reside.  There are multiple abdominal regions, but the one generally referred to is where the human stomach is physically located, which is considerably further north than many realize.  As or more important within the main abdominal region is the aorta, the rupture of which will likely lead to a quick death.  A universal scheme, or detailed medical history, is useful for those traveling to less-developed regions where sanitary conditions and foreign bacteria are a potential threat to the traveler’s health, especially if the traveler is particularly susceptible to bacterial infections. 

Certain private medical practices have transitioned to what is known as “boutique” care, meaning they strictly limit the size of their practices in order to be more responsive to those patients who are willing to pay an upfront retainer for the privilege of remaining part of that practice.  A “benefit” of enrolling with such a practice, in addition to the assurance of being able to be seen by one’s physician on short notice, is that he or she is presented with what amounts to an universal scheme of his or her anatomy, usually on a small compact disc.  The purpose of the disc is so that patients can always have their detailed medical history with them wherever they go.  Whether such a portable medical history is warranted, with the exception of those with serious permanent conditions, is highly debatable.  In a similar vein, it is highly questionable whether an “universal scheme” of one’s abdominal region is needed.