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
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BONNICK SL. The Physician and Patient Disability. Ann Intern Med. 1982;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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