oa South African Family Practice - Fitting the patient to the disease : repeating procrustes' mistake in a time of HIV infection : case study
|Article Title||Fitting the patient to the disease : repeating procrustes' mistake in a time of HIV infection : case study|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Family Practice|
|Author||D.J. Griessel, C.J. Schoeman and B.D. Henderson|
|Publication Date||Jun 2005|
|Keyword(s)||Cystic fibrosis, DNA, HIV and Infant|
Extracted from text ... Introduction Procrustes was the mythical Greek innkeeper who either stretched or cut short his guests to fit a specific bed size. A classic mistake in medicine is to repeat this folly by adhering strictly to the "common things occur commonest" route. In a developing country with a high prevalence of HIV it is easy to ignore other possibilities, with consequences for the patient and family. We illustrate this point by presenting a case that was initially thought to fit the presentation of HIV disease but turned out to have another diagnosis, with a Mendelian inheritance pattern which made genetic counseling ..
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