Gachapon (ガチャポン) are a variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys that originated in the 1960s and became popular in Japan and elsewhere. Many sat quietly in Singapore's heartlands for decades, particularly in the 1990s-2000s. They are, by nature, a "blind purchase": one slots in a coin, cranks the machine, and hopes to get the toy or figure they desire. When doctors take a patient's history, stories can spring up in a similarly random fashion. As not all the information is medically critical, doctors can elide the details that make a patient a person. This is especially true in Singapore's context, as doctors often only have a limited amount of time to see each patient. patient history in gachapon alludes to the importance of recognising a patient's humanity, by placing importance on all parts of their history.

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