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Body of lies: Patients aren't 100% honest with doctors

Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2009

Inaccurate information can do more than confuse a doctor: It can lead to misinterpreted symptoms, overlooked warning signs, flawed diagnoses and treatments that potentially endanger a patient's health or life. Still, doctors know that at least some of the time, at least some of their patients overstate, understate, embellish, omit, or otherwise stray from a straight and thorough reporting.