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In the article "Sources of Contamination in Open Heart Surgery" (230:1415, 1974), Kluge et al reported a 71% incidence of positive cultures from various sites during the operative procedure. When discussing possible sources for the microorganisms the authors overlooked one...
Conventional electrocardiographic monitoring techniques depend on human observation of an oscilloscopic display for detection of transient rhythm disturbances such as premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). It is not surprising that such events are often missed. We have found that transient...
Physicians who work with children and teen-agers in their daily practice are in a good position to help to reduce the severity of what is rapidly turning into an epidemic. On page 55 of this issue of The Journal, Speca and Cowell discuss the trauma resulting from the use by youngsters of...
Thirty patients with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver were studied for in vivo and in vitro correlates of cellular immunity. Seventy-seven percent failed to be sensitized to dinitrochlorobenzene, indicating impairment of the in vivo cellular immune response. A significant decrease in the number...
The new Conrad N. Hilton Building for Laboratory Medicine and Center for Research in Human Behavior pictured in a recent issue (JAMA Medical News 231:1019 [March 10] 1975) are part of the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minn.
A new approach to monitoring of episodic but frequently recurring arrhythmias has been developed, consisting of condensation of electrocardiographic information on a special drum recorder, a programmer that permits selection of intervals and durations for monitoring, and a telemetry unit for...
WITHIN recent years, sophisticated techniques for measuring anticonvulsant drug serum levels have been developed.1 The use of such procedures constitutes a major advancement in the medical management of the patient with epilepsy.
The purposes of this report are to present (1) data relative to...
PRESERVATION of high-quality medical care in the future will depend in an important way on standards set by local Professional Standards Review Organizations (PSROs). Such standards must be based on criteria that are applicable initially to the care of patients in short-term hospitals with...
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