Old fashioned methods of diagnosis have their place

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7119.1381a (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1381
  1. Anne Savage, Formerly principal medical officer, St Elizabeth's Hospital, Transkei1
  1. a 1 Akenside Road, London NW3 5RA

    Editor—Smith's personal view describes the experience of his 5 year old daughter, Jessica, in the United States, where she was diagnosed as having osteomyelitis.1 I read the article with increasing astonishment and found it disquieting. A young child with a fever, unable to bear weight on her leg, and with tenderness over the tibia: surely there was only one diagnosis. Children with this triad arrived regularly in the outpatient department …

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