The 3 "Clinical Challenges in Otolaryngology" articles in the May 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES1- 3 bring up the old debate of whether to routinely order laboratory tests to screen children for bleeding disorders prior to adenotonsillectomy. The authors emphasize the value of taking a detailed medical history. I agree that history is important, but I am concerned that it may not provide sufficient information.
Shianna S. Inadequacies of the Medical History. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(9):1169. doi: