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Comment & Response
February 2016

Finding the Balance of Less Is More

Author Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(2):282. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7977

To the Editor The article by Dr O’Brien1 published with the label “Less Is More” in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine was very interesting. The author reported an incredible medical history regarding her misdiagnosis of Chagas disease that resulted from her injudicious laboratory request. The initial laboratory test for Chagas disease was misinterpreted as positive and led to her subsequent ordeal that tortured her physically, emotionally, and professionally. Based on her experience, Dr O’Brien cautions other physicians when faced with injudicious requests from patients.

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