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Letters to the Editor
September 2000

Inadequacies of the Medical History

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(9):1169. doi:

The 3 "Clinical Challenges in Otolaryngology" articles in the May 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES1-3 bring up the old debate of whether to routinely order laboratory tests to screen children for bleeding disorders prior to adenotonsillectomy. The authors emphasize the value of taking a detailed medical history. I agree that history is important, but I am concerned that it may not provide sufficient information.

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