To the Editor: In a Clinical Crossroads article,1 Dr Daley reviews a case of a woman dissatisfied
with her care and argues that the patient would have been satisfied had 3
specific problems either not happened or been addressed immediately.
Physicians are trained to look at the entire patient when diagnosing
a medical problem. To try to diagnose just one organ or system of the body
without taking into consideration the entire medical history and physical
examination does a disservice to the patient as well as to the practice of
medicine and certainly does little to improve future patient care.
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