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October 1, 1960

KNOW YOUR PATIENT!

JAMA. 1960;174(5):521. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030050063018

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Abstract

We are living in an age in which time comes as a premium. The average physician is too busy with too many patients to see, too many journals to read, and too little time for it all. Furthermore, the public has become rather medically sophisticated. In this setting it is pertinent to pause and consider a few points brought out in a communication by Bushey reported in this issue of The Journal, p. 526.

Renal glycosuria is a relatively rare condition, which, as noted in this paper, frequently involves several members of a family. The first patient listed in the report suffered the misfortune of an incorrect diagnosis and received considerable quantities of insulin because of the belief that she was a diabetic. This was done in spite of the information recorded in her original record, which showed a low renal threshold for glucose. It is interesting that patients will

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