ALFRED I. KAPLAN, M.D., M.P.H.; STANLEY SABIN, M.D.
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To the editor: We have noted that many of our female patients on feeling better or on "turning the corner" in their illnesses greet us on morning rounds with lipstick on their lips where none was present earlier in their hospitalization. In interviews, they tell us of a renewed sense of well-being, of having "turned the corner." Consequently, we have come to accept the "lipstick sign" as an accurate indicator of our patients' subjective status when it appears, even if physical findings seem to be at odds with probable improvement.
KAPLAN AI, SABIN S. The Lipstick Sign. Ann Intern Med. ;94:137. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-1-137_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(1):137.
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