case study

a study of an individual unit, as a person, family, or social group, usually emphasizing developmental issues and relationships with the environment, especially in order to compare a larger group to the individual unit.

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case study
the act or an instance of analysing one or more particular cases or case histories with a view to making generalizations

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Medical Dictionary

case study n.

  1. A detailed analysis of a person or group, especially as a model of medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena.

  2. An exemplary or cautionary model; an instructive example.

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It actually makes a great case study on what someone can do long term.
The idea here is to create a case study that grounds the experience in sets of
  details that would matter in your discipline.
Watching the kitchen during the hectic rush of dinner service presented a case
  study in industrial and organizational psychology.
Lane uses shyness as his case study of disease-mongering in psychiatry.
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