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An Exchange

Robert P. Holman, MD
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From Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA 22205.

Requests for Single Reprints: Robert P. Holman, MD, Virginia Hospital Center, 1715 North George Mason Drive, Suite 001, Arlington, VA 22205.

Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(2):130. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-153-2-201007200-00011
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It seemed like an ordinary infectious diseases consultation. I was asked to see a 48-year-old homeless man with a soft tissue infection. He was the sort of patient whose very name would produce groans among nurses and doctors. He was a bedraggled man who panhandled at the local freeway on-ramp and a familiar figure on the wards with many complications of his injection drug use.





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