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Postgrad Med. 1997 Aug;102(2):161-2, 165-6, 171-2 passim.

Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other iatrogenic diagnostic algorithms. Do some labels escalate illness in vulnerable patients?

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, USA. nmh@med.unc.edu

Abstract

Contemporary medicine has the sophistication to identify the clinical settings in which the hunt for a diagnosis can be harmful to a patient's health. Which patients are best served by a prolonged search for a cause? Why has the disease-illness paradigm backfired for so many patients? Dr Hadler challenges readers to look at the difficult questions linked with diagnostic labels that might teach patients to stay sick.

PMID:
9270707
DOI:
10.3810/pgm.1997.08.284
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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