Raining on Medicine's Parade
William A. Sturrock, MD
Arch Fam Med. 1993;2(4):349.
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I WAS a rainy Friday afternoon with the prospects for an equally bleak weekend, according to the forecasts, when I stepped into the exam room with the last patient of the day. I was surprised to see June G., a 48-year-old woman, who with her husband worked on a small dairy farm in the next town. I had just seen her for a health maintenance exam the week before.
"June, what can I do for you today?" I began with my best openended line.
"Well, Doc," she answered, "I was doing fine and planned to get those tests you ordered after my physical when I read this in the paper."
She handed me a recent section of the Bangor Daily News with the bold print headline "Study Fuels Controversy Over Mammograms" and said, "You should have at least warned me that those x-rays could cause cancer."
I took the article
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