HARRY S. ABRAM, M.D.
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To the Editor: I wish to raise two points in Schupak, Sullivan, and Lee's presentation, "Chronic Hemodialysis in 'Unselected' Patients" (Ann. Intern. Med. 67: 708, 1967), in which the investigators mislead the reader:
1. The patients were not "unselected" and indeed went through a selection process, utilizing four criteria (including the patient being "likely to cooperate in his own care") and requiring the "unanimous" decision of "a small group of physicians" (in other words a selection committee). Of 34 patients evaluated 8 were rejected, 4 for failing "to give any indication that they were likely to cooperate" (details not given).
ABRAM HS. CHRONIC DIALYSIS: SELECTION AND SUCCESS. Ann Intern Med. ;69:402–403. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-2-402
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(2):402-403.
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