The Death of the Chief Complaint or How GERD Replaced Heartburn

Achkar, Edgar
August 2006
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Aug2006, Vol. 101 Issue 8, p1719
Academic Journal
The article discusses the significance of knowing the chief complaint before making any diagnosis. According to the author, patients have been influenced by the Internet and the information revolution that they usually use terms summarizing what they feel and making the diagnosis themselves. The author states that this behavior is sometimes adopted by those suffering from gastroesophageal reflux. The negative effects of patients not telling their doctors their exact chief complaint are discussed.


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