Practice of Medicine

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Physician’s Cognitive and Communication Failures Result in Cancer Treatment Delay

January 28, 2015

The Case

The patient’s primary care physician referred him to a gastroenterologist (GI) to evaluate symptoms of intermittent rectal bleeding with streaks of blood in his stool.

The patient’s medical history included:  hypertension and diabetes. The patient reported he did not drink or smoke. He was 5’11” tall and weighed 296 pounds. His medications included: Lisinopril, HCTZ, Albuterol, …

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