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Tecumseh, Mich., Nov. 18, 1896.
To the Editor:
—Why is it, that an error in diagnosis is so frequently made when the patient is a physician? Within the past thirty years, a number of cases have come under the writer's observation, where an error in diagnosis has been made, and where the patient has been a member of the medical guild; it therefore has occurred to the writer, that if the patient had not been a member of the medical profession the mistaken diagnosis would not so frequently have been made.Recently a case illustrating the above statement was reported to the writer, as follows: A physician, age about 53 years, had been complaining for a few days with a feeling of general malaise, some fever which increased from day to day, until the patient was taken to bed. A neighboring physician was called to attend him, who diagnosed the
Jenkins JF. The Physician as a Patient.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000042013