A. SIDNEY BARRITT III, M.D.
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To the editor: I agree with the basic points of Dr. Gordis' editorial, "What is Alcoholism Research?" (Ann Intern Med 85:821-823, 1976), but some of Dr. Cantor's comments in his letter, "Who Will Care For The Alcoholic Patient?" (Ann Intern Med 86:362, 1977), bother me.
I agree that the physician's attitude toward the alcoholic patient can inhibit adequate evaluation, but it strikes me that the advocacy of liver biopsy to make a precise diagnosis is not an appropriate measure of the physician's completeness. The axiom that making a precise tissue diagnosis in the alcoholic with liver disease leads to improved
BARRITT AS. Liver Biopsy and the Alcoholic Patient. Ann Intern Med. ;87:121. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-1-121_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(1):121.
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