Monday, May 21, 2012

"Misplaced modifier"

Picture it, this morning in the Pediatrics Outpatient clinic at Chicago Hope Hospital:
I'm reading through charts and my attending is going through lab reports and consultations, when he starts muttering something in Bengali and laughing quite hard. Unable to speak he just hands me the letter and this is what I find. "Patient presents with spinal pain and left-sided lumbar radiculopathy. She has had an MRI which failed to respond to treatment to date." -- We treat those now???

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