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April 17, 1987

Alternative Anticoagulation

Author Affiliations

Iron Mountain (Mich) Veterans Administration Medical Center Michigan State University East Lansing

Iron Mountain (Mich) Veterans Administration Medical Center Michigan State University East Lansing

JAMA. 1987;257(15):2035. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390150051028

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  I was greeted one evening in the outpatient department by an elderly man wearing the uniform that marks those delightfully eccentric persons who occasionally inhabit our backwoods. De rigueur are the mud-encrusted boots, the blue and brown pants that seem to have taken on a life of their own, the faded flannel shirt, and the layered denim jackets frayed at the edges and unevenly buttoned. However, the most arresting aspect was his head, which was wrapped in a turban manufactured apparently from rolls of yellow paper towels now saturated with blood, drips having sometime earlier reached his gray stubble."Hello, Mr Sangletete. What brings you here?""Why, you son of a bitch, he dragged me here," indicating a neighbor."I see. What happened to your head?""My World War II baby clobbered me over the head with a block of wood and because of the damn rat

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