ROBERT A. WINFIELD, M.D.
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To the editor: I have found examination of the belt, in male patients complaining of weight loss, to be useful. Not infrequently, the patient is unable to give a clear history or he may be suspected of malingering. A history of progressive weight loss will often get a malingerer a hospital bed for the duration of an investigation for neoplasm. On several occasions I have correctly suspected malingering because the patient's belt is worn at only one site, without evidence of drawing in on the belt as is seen in true weight loss. On the other hand, I was recently
WINFIELD RA. Weight Loss and the Belt. Ann Intern Med. ;79:910. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-6-910_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(6):910.
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