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Health & wellness

In Practice

A weighty issue with multiple viewpoints

Adapted from the In Practice blog on

A few years ago, while I was teaching in the hospital, a medical student presented the case of a man with coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. When we entered the man’s room I was surprised that the student had omitted the fact that the man weighed well over 400 pounds.

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