Consider the following clinical situations:
A 19-year-old woman comes home from college with an acute maxillary sinusitis. You just heard about treating this with a shorter 3-day course of antibiotics rather than the usual 10 days of prescribed treatment. You wonder whether you should try the shorter course with this patient.
A 44-year-old woman with recently diagnosed ovarian cancer presents to the emergency room with dyspnea and inspiratory chest discomfort. The ventilation-perfusion scan is read as “indeterminate.” The emergency room doctor asks your advice “now that embolism has been ruled out.”
A 69-year-old retired teacher returns for follow-up of congestive ...
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