Tag Archives: Consumption
Chest x-ray film revealing marked cardiomegaly.

Case of Tuberculous Pericarditis Mimicking Lupus Carditis

A 48-year-old man presented to the emergency department of our hospital complaining of sharp substernal chest pain, fever, and chills for 3 days. He denied shortness of breath, cough, night sweats, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. He also denied dry eyes, dry mouth, oral ulcers, or photosensitivity. He was born in the Dominican Republic but has […]

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Robert G. Stern, MD, AJM Specialty Editor

The Consumption Gene

After years of pondering the over-testing, over-imaging, over-diagnosis, and over-treatment that typify US medicine, I have concluded that, like everything else, it must be genetic: We have evolved a gene that controls (or rather, disinhibits) consumption in all its forms. Although the gene has yet to be identified, I think it should be designated as […]

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