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September 8, 1999

Advances in Medical Care: Promise, Problems, and Proper Application

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;282(10):938-939. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-10-jbk0908

To the Editor: In their discussion of pseudodisease caused by growth of medical care, Drs Fisher and Welch1 highlight the largely unexplored area of disagreement in pathologists' diagnoses of early malignancy and malignant precursors. This diagnostic disagreement is a red flag for the identification of pathogenic pathology reports. However, if the associated morbidity is to be prevented, it is important that we understand the pathogenesis of the resulting pseudodisease.