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October 11, 1985

Diseases of the Homeless

Author Affiliations

Hallertown, Pa

JAMA. 1985;254(14):1903. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360140055015

To the Editor.—  This letter is not intended to reduce Dr Gary Rapaport's1 compassion or anyone else's for our homeless population. He writes that 10% of these people were hypertensive, 5% were arthritic, and 2% were diabetic when seen in a Los Angeles medical center emergency room.At my general practice office, 30% of my patients are hypertensive, 25% complain of arthritis, and 20% are diabetic. Many are all three. I am advising my patients to leave their houses and take to the road.