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June 15, 1994

Instructions for Patients

JAMA. 1994;271(23):1881. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510470085046

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This book consists entirely of pages that can be photocopied and given to patients. Single pages on more than 500 conditions cover "Basic Information" (description, signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, preventive measures, expected outcome, and complications), "Treatment," and "Notify Our Office If." Pages are perforated for removal, if necessary for duplicating, and have holes for subsequent placement in a three-ring binder. Sheets on various diets, anatomic drawings, and miscellaneous instructions (breast self-examination, back care, immunizations, and so forth) are also included.

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