JULIA E. CONNELLY, M.D.; ALVIN I. MUSHLIN, M.D.
To the editor: The recent pair of articles about periodic health examinations shows that the dilemma of the physician continues.
The article by Dr. Charap (1) leaves the impression that any periodic health assessment cannot be recommended. This conclusion may not be warranted; he fails to consider several key points. First, the early studies were poorly designed to answer the question definitively as general annual examinations without recognition of the importance of sex, age, and of potentially preventable diseases were done on asymptomatic persons to detect disease. It could have been predicted that these studies would show ineffective use of
CONNELLY JE, MUSHLIN AI. Periodic Health Examination. Ann Intern Med. ;96:528–530. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-4-528_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(4):528-530.
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