SYDNEY LOU BONNICK, M.D.
To the editor: I am an internist in private practice, and a medical consultant with the Social Security Administration; and I read with interest Dr. Hadler's review (1) of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.
Dr. Hadler's major premise that the primary physician's opinion of a patient's disability is "nondeterminative," "irrelevant," and "counterproductive" is incorrect. As Dr. Hadler points out, medical records are obtained from the patient's physicians. The physician may send a summary of the patient's medical history or copies of the patient's medical records. This is an attempt to establish the patient's claims of disability through documented
BONNICK SL. The Physician and Patient Disability. Ann Intern Med. ;97:280–281. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-2-280_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(2):280-281.
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