GEORGE V. TAPLIN, M.D.
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To the editor: As the developer of radioalbumin macroaggregates for lung perfusion scanning and radioaerosol inhalation procedures for the assessment of airway patency and regional ventilatory function, plus having had extensive experience with these procedures and with radioactive gases in patients suspected of having pulmonary embolism, I must disagree with the main thrust of Dr. Eugene Robin's paper in the December 1977 issue (Ann Intern Med 87:775-781 1977). His analysis is commendable for recognizing the high incidence of misdiagnoses of pulmonary embolism in the past, especially in previously healthy persons, many of whom may well have received prolonged and unnecessary
TAPLIN GV. Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:140. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-1-140_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(1):140.
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