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July 18, 1925


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles. Health Officer and Deputy Health Officer, Respectively, Los Angeles County.

JAMA. 1925;85(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670030056031

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To the Editor:  —Recently, attention has been called to carelessness on the part of some physicians in not examining patients thoroughly. The following two cases well illustrate need of a thorough examination even though the diagnosis seems absolutely certain from a casual inspection:A boy, aged 9 years, was taken sick with sneezing, fever, watering of the eyes and a slight sore throat, January 21. The following day an eruption had appeared. A physician was called and diagnosed the case as measles. However, as the physician is a competent pediatrician, he examined farther and found an inflamed throat with a small patch on one tonsil. He diagnosed it as diphtheria and gave antitoxin. Cultures proved the correctness of his diagnosis. With the prompt administration of antitoxin the child made a nice recovery, even if two serious diseases were present at the same time.A boy, aged 5 years, had an

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