R. F. HERNDON, M.D.
To the editor: The editorial in the June issue concerning screening bone mass measurements in women (1) leads me to agree that in the real world of clinical medicine, such measurements are unreal, self-seeking, or both.
I practice general medicine and from February 1985 through June 1986, I have on 3300 separate office visits measured patient height. The nurse does this when the weight is taken. In 18 women, the observed height led to a change in treatment (for osteoporosis), and I filled out a form documenting this (no men made this distinction). The 18 women were aged 52 to
HERNDON RF. Measuring Height in Osteoporosis. Ann Intern Med. ;105:462. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-462_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):462.
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