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June 20, 1959


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642 Eastern Pkwy. Brooklyn 13.

JAMA. 1959;170(8):995-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010080103028

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To the Editor:—  Physicians frequently treat patients who come from various parts of the country. Many of these patients have previously undergone operations and often they will be indefinite as to the kind and date of the operation, the name of the surgeon, or the location of the hospital where the operation was performed. Yet many times it is most important to know as soon as possible the nature of the previous operation. For instance, the patient may state that she had an operation on "a tube and ovary" or for a "false pregnancy." The physician may want to know which ovary was operated on, whether it was resected or fully removed, and whether an appendectomy was performed at the time. The answers to such questions and others may be important guides toward a correct diagnosis.Under present circumstances it is often impossible to get that information, and even if

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