Vital Signs: Hiding Harmfulness

A bad choice made at a young age brings about devastating consequences many years later.

By Claire Panosian Dunavan|Saturday, September 25, 2010
RELATED TAGS: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
It’s funny how songs can trigger memories. For example, when Peggy Lee’s “Fever” recently played on my car radio, I thought of a long-ago patient whom I’ll call Jerry Rivers.Jerry had fever, all right—but it wasn’t the sizzle of passion. Ten years ago, when I first met him, the trumpeter who helped launch the “cool jazz” movement of the 1950s had been hitting 101 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks. His internist had already sent out routine blood, urine, and stool cultures. No answers there. Nor had ...
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