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June 14, 1958


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JAMA. 1958;167(7):896. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990240096022

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To the Editor:—  Recent articles in The Journal on staphylococcic infections in hospitals have been widely discussed. This situation should give an important warning to physicians regarding hospitalization of patients for diagnostic studies. There probably is some risk to such patients. Therefore physicians should think twice before hospitalizing patients on some nebulous diagnosis in order to get an insurance company to pay for a diagnostic examination that could well have been done on the outside. We physicians, without being alarmists, can gently wean patients away from such unnecessary hospitalization.

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