This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
To the Editor.—
In regard to Dr Cuzner's letter (1982;247:3183)—How times do change! Not too many years ago, I was chided my one of our first audit committees because I had not ordered an upper gastrointestinal tract examination in addition to a cholecystogram in a patient with a classic gallstone history.An additional reason for not labeling a test "routine" is that in some communities, such as ours, this phrase is interpreted by The Blues to mean that a test was not done because of illness but because of some sort of a by-age or time-elapsed protocol.
Paulshock BZ. 'Routine' Tests. JAMA. 1983;249(9):1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330033024