RICHARD B. BYRD; BARRY R. HORN; DAVID A. SOLOMON; GEORGE A. GRIGGS; NORMAN J. WILDER
Because tuberculosis is currently being treated in many instances by the nonpulmonary physician, an evaluation of the skill with which he performs in this capacity was made. A group of 130 patients who had been treated by such physicians was analyzed, using generally accepted criteria for appropriate therapy. Seventy-three of the group were found to have been treated inappropriately. The use of isoniazid in those likely to be resistant to that drug, the use of a single drug in bacteriologically positive disease, and inadequate or excessive drug dosages were among the more common errors. Two thirds of the physicians caring for these patients were internal medicine specialists, half of them board certified. Increased educational efforts in regard to this disease at all levels of training must be made.
BYRD RB, HORN BR, SOLOMON DA, et al. Treatment of Tuberculosis by the Nonpulmonary Physician. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:799–802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-6-799
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(6):799-802.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections.
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