To the Editor. —
We report the first case of formphobia. The index patient, a physician, was cared for in our offices recently. He appeared to be mumbling numbers: "414.0, 715.9,162.9,250.0, or what is 250.4 (see also 581.81)?" After a consent form had been signed, a cup of hot tea was administered orally and a cool compress was placed on the physician-patient's forehead. When he was calm and rational, his history was obtained.He was a 52-year-old internist who graduated from medical school in 1963, completed an approved internship and residency in internal medicine, and served in the military; he had been in private practice (with a university affiliation) since 1969. He was board certified in internal medicine and in a subspecialty. Sensitive to his patients' needs, he always filled out insurance forms carefully and promptly to ensure payment and reimbursement. Despite the profusion and confusion of the forms, whether
Formphobia. JAMA. 1989;262(4):500. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430040070022
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