JAMES P. LOGERFO, M.D.
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To the editor: After having read the article by Dr. Sitprija and associates (Ann Intern Med 81:210-213, 1974), I had several questions concerning the statement claiming "informed consent" and your editorial policy concerning articles based on possible breaches of a physician's ethical responsibility of primum non nocere.
The article concerns three patients, including a 16-year-old, who had typhoid fever with no clinically significant renal disease and who underwent renal biopsy, presumably for the advancement of scientific knowledge. The biopsy apparently had no bearing in terms of the patient's own diagnosis or prognosis, nor would it significantly alter the care of
LOGERFO JP. Glomerulitis in Typhoid Fever. Ann Intern Med. ;81:861–862. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-6-861
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(6):861-862.
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