STEVEN L. BERK, M.D.
To the editor: Baron (1)reminds us to hear our patients as well as their breath sounds and to re-enter their world. I have found this advice to be important in a specific circumstance related to a patient's history of shortness of breath. Medical students quickly learn that they should ask their patients with heart failure about the number of pillows they need to sleep comfortably at night. Patients may answer that they use only one pillow. However, further discussion may reveal that they bend a foam pillow over its horizontal axis to prop their heads. Such manipulation raises the head
BERK SL. Miscommunication with Physicians. Ann Intern Med. ;103:957. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-957_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):957.
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