WILLIAM DOCK, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Objective criteria of the results of therapy permitted the development of effective management for tuberculosis, pernicious anemia, diabetes and prostatic cancer, while false hopes had been aroused by enthusiasts or quacks whose claims for cures of consumption or cancer were based on the sense of well-being in their patients, with no objective evidence of control of the disease. For physicians familiar with the contrasting histories of effective management and bogus cures, it was disturbing to note the emphasis on how well patients felt after mitral valvotomy, and the absence of objective evidence of change in cardiac function in most reported
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DOCK W. OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE OF THE STATE OF ACQUIRED VALVE LESIONS OBTAINED WITHOUT TRAUMA BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY(OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE OF THE STATE OF ACQUIRED VALVE LESIONS OBTAINED WITHOUT TRAUMA BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY*†)(OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE OF THE STATE OF ACQUIRED VALVE LESIONS OBTAINED WITHOUT TRAUMA BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY*†). Ann Intern Med. 1960;53:936–943. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-5-936
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