I.R. MCDOUGALL, M.B., CH.B., PH.D.; MICHAEL L. GORIS, M.D., PH.D.; JOSEPH P. KRISS, M.D.
To the editor: When someone of Dr. Eugene Robin's stature makes statements that disagree with our knowledge, we have to be exceedingly cautious about expressing an opinion, for fear that we are wrong. However, we feel obliged to clarify certain aspects of his article "Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment of Pulmonary Embolism: The Emperor May Have No Clothes" (Ann Intern Med 87:775-781, 1977).
First, between April 1972 and April 1977, he states that 157 pulmonary angiograms were done in patients "based on a suitable clinical history, hypoxemia, positive perfusion scans, and often normal ventilation scans." In fact, our figures show that during
MCDOUGALL I, GORIS ML, KRISS JP. Pulmonary Embolism. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:711–715. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-711
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