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Instructions for Patients

John J. Massarelli, MD
JAMA. 1982;248(21):2912. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210084056.
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This is a nonbook in the sense that it was not written to be read from beginning to end, or used as a reference, or to supply enjoyment or education to its owner. It consists of handouts for patients on 249 subjects, including 21 diets, and an additional 17 anatomic line drawings that can be marked to illustrate the patient's lesions. It is paperbound. Each page is perforated for tearing out, and three holes are present for saving them in a loose-leaf binder. On the back of the title page is a brief statement inviting physicians "to reproduce these instruction sheets on their office copying machines for distribution to patients."

The sheets are more than "Instructions for Patients." Each begins with a section headed "General Information," and most of these provide excellent explanations of the problems under consideration. The subjects encompass a wide range, suitable for primary physicians whose practices


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