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The Hazards of Hospitalization

Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(1):100-110. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-1-100
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Recent medical progress has brought dramatic advances in methods of diagnosis and treatment. With each new advance, however, reports of adverse reactions have soon followed. The occurrence of occasional reactions is now considered to be an accustomed and almost predictable hazard rather than evidence of improper medical care.

These hazards have been called "the price we pay" for modern diagnosis and therapy (1). This new type of clinical pathology, documented in numerous reports of drug reactions and of the untoward effects of diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, has been catalogued under the title, "Diseases of Medical Progress" (2). These reports and


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