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We treated a patient in whom removal of a primary malignant melanoma was associated with the dramatic appearance of multiple, prominent halo nevi. Four additional patients were subsequently observed who exhibited this phenomenon following removal of their primary malignant melanomas. Histologic...
To be "well-read" has been a hallmark of distinction in society. "Well-polished in areas not directly pertaining to his work" has been another compliment to a man deserving to be called an intellectual. Are these attitudes still valid? Among older people a consensus prevails that being well-read...
To the Editor.—
Most authorities on biliary surgery recommend drainage following cholecystectomy, soft rubber Penrose drains preferred. These are advanced at intervals postoperatively until completely removed, usually between 7 and 14 days. Meanwhile, care is taken to prevent drain retraction...
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In the recent article, "Transvenous Retrieval of Foreign Bodies in the Cardiac Circulation" (224:241, 1973), the author stated that the successful transvenous removal of a foreign body from the pulmonary artery had not been previously reported. It has been reported (Radiology...
An epidemic of 10,000 cases of a new gastrointestinal-neurologic syndrome—subacute myelo-optic neuropathy (SMON)—occurred in Japan between 1956 and 1970. Although the epidemic was recognized promptly and a multidisciplinary search for the etiologic agent was begun, investigators did not identify...
In the past few years most books dealing with medical practice in China have emphasized the traditional Chinese aspect and its potential lessons for the Western reader. In contrast, this most recent book by Dr. John Z. Bowers reverses the earlier trend.
Long before the United States had a chance...
The therapy of severe refractory psoriasis with the folic acid antagonist, methotrexate, recently received Food and Drug Administration approval. The folic acid antagonists were first used for psoriasis in 1951, and since then an extensive literature has attested the efficacy of methotrexate for...
During an 11-month period, 11 cases of viral hepatitis were recognized in personnel of a hospital in Miami Beach, Fla. Epidemiologic evidence suggested that a single hemodialysis patient, an asymptomatic carrier of hepatitis B antigen, was the source of hepatitis virus for ten of the 11 cases.
Three patients with a pruritic, papulovesicular, and keratotic dermatitis of the hands, feet, and extremities had markedly elevated serum IgE levels up to 100,000 ng/ml. There was no personal or family history of atopic disease. A variety of immunologic, physiologic, and pharmacologic studies of...
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In answer to Dr. Raventos' letter, I might say that I doubt if second-class airmen are offended by the name they have been given by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His surmise is correct that Dr. Rose and I were referring to those holding second-class medical...
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