JEAN-ROBERT LEONIDAS, M.D.
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This paper reports two cases that exemplify the abuse of identity documents for procurement of medical services. This practice may result in harmful treatment, delay appropriate treatment, engender unnecessary work-up, and in other ways add to cost-ineffective medical care.
A 60-year-old woman being seen at a medical clinic is obese, hypertensive, and diabetic. She is being treated with diet, a diuretic, and an oral hypoglycemic agent. At a recent clinic visit she had a urinary tract infection due to Escherichia coli sensitive to ampicillin. Her clinic record indicated that 6 weeks ago she had been cared for in the emergency
LEONIDAS J. The Identity Substitution Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:388–389. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-3-388
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(3):388-389.
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