FREDERIC W. PLATT, M.D.
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In 1980 a woman was admitted to the oncology unit of a Denver medical center. She seemed to be in considerable distress. A nurse summoned a medical resident, and the initial interview went as follows.
Dr. M: "Hello Mrs. L, Fm Dr. M. Can you tell me about your problems? What led you to come to the hospital?"
Mrs. L: (whispers) "I'm hemorrhaging, Dr.—I've had a nosebleed for 2 weeks."
Dr M: "Is that all?"
Mr. L (sitting across room): "She's had two transfusions."
Mrs. L: "Well, I'm stiff all over and can hardly get around. I have a lot
PLATT FW. Research in Medical Interviewing. Ann Intern Med. ;94:405–407. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-3-405
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(3):405-407.
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