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March 8, 1976

Immaterial to Diagnosis

JAMA. 1976;235(10):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260360014011

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To the Editor.—  Hurray for Dr Vaisrub! The Cherill M. Parmentier-Pereras are taking all the fun out of life.How frightfully dreary life will be when my colleagues fear to hold the door for me.God gave us each a brain And its functions quite the same But in His wisdom did He decree That the monotony of unisex needn't be. I hope that my response and smile Make my colleague feel his courtesy's worthwhile.The Parmentier-Pereras may be missing some gratuitous clues. Surely an "attractive" patient is reflecting pretty adequate compensation of her medical problems. She is sufficiently free of symptoms to maintain herself in well-groomed fashion. Let her grooming falter, and her physician may find that she is being overwhelmed by her medical or psychological problems. Should she move and seek a new physician, that single adjective might be the only clue to a change in this patient's