A. JARRELL RAPER, M.D.
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To the editor: It was an ordinary c onsultation: "Does this patient need antibiotics before dental work?" Her murmur was benign, but at the tender age of 17 years she was crippled, and her mother's haunted eyes told what the family had been through.
The automobile accident 3 months ago had been sudden, unexpected, and devastating: left femur, left humerus, nasal bones, mandible (twice), and zygoma all fractured, and multiple facial lacerations of course. She and the rest of her family had suffered through several operations, including tendon transplantation to compensate for a damaged radial nerve. She still has to
RAPER AJ. Cars: Personal and National Catastrophe. Ann Intern Med. ;92:125. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-1-125_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(1):125.
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