Richard A. Levine, MD
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To the Editor: I am writing in response to Ahlquist and colleagues' astute study (1) on the newly developed stool device. I must say that I read in amazement the Results section, in which the previously uncontrolled technique for the collection of stool samples was described. In most cases, the patients interviewed had obtained their stools for hemoccult testing in ways bordering on the subhuman. Many persons used their bare hands to retrieve stool. Almost 20% were not even trying, undoubtedly due to superior judgment. Are we as physicians suggesting that our patients fish stool from their toilets with ladles
Levine RA. Stool Collections. Ann Intern Med. ;109:597. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-7-597_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(7):597.
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