CLYDE E. RAPP JR, M.D.
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Like Sisyphus, we gamely attempt to push the "rock" of adolescent health problems up the mountain only to have it roll down on us again. The mode of presentation has changed but not the intensity or weight of problems.
A previous article (1) on adolescent health care reported the basic requirements and techniques for doing a thorough general physical examination. These techniques have remained basically the same. Other areas, however, have changed, namely the legal aspects of adolescent care, the medical history, and the routine laboratory studies for adolescents.
As a result of Bellotti v Baird (2) and recent laws
RAPP CE. The Changing Adolescent. Ann Intern Med. ;108:137–138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-137
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):137-138.
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