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HOT WATER infusions (tea) prepared from the root bark of the sassafras tree (Sassafras albidum [Nut-tall] Nees [family Lauraceae]) have long been employed by the public as tonics as well as for a variety of unsubstantiated therapeutic purposes.
Extensive studies conducted by the Food and Drug...
DESPITE stringent medical therapy, including salt and water restriction and the use of diuretics, salt-poor albumin, and corticosteroids, ascites refractory to treatment develops in an occasional patient with cirrhosis. Because the development of ascites is primarily a mechanical problem, with...
This introductory textbook for medical students and general physicians, written by two respected British otolaryngologists, has a format and type that is pleasant to read. The illustrations are sparse but of acceptable quality.
Although it serves as an excellent survey, the book does contain a...
Concise, readable, modestly priced books about alcoholism are as difficult to find as inexpensive premium vintage wines. Dr Goodwin has here written a modestly priced text that is not only equal to the high-priced volumes currently available but is superior to most. His 171-page book presents an...
To the Editor.—
The article by Shubin and Weil (235:421,1976) is a good general review; however, I believe that there are a couple of critical points that need reevaluation and reemphasis.
The authors suggest that prior to initiation of antibiotic therapy, blood cultures are necessary and...
It is our practice to take three blood cultures in sequence from a single site and in direct succession. Volumes of 10 ml are aseptically delivered to three bottles. Our experience with respect to studies involving more than 1,000 patients in our critical care ward confirms the observation of...
To the Editor.—
Dr Frame recommended a reduction of thyroid hormone to the equivalent of 0.2 mg/day of levothyroxine sodium in a patient with papillary thyroid cancer (235: 955, 1976). This recommendation was based on studies indicating that thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is suppressed to...
To the Editor.—
Our article entitled "Transtracheal Ventilation" (234:1152, 1975) is intended to serve two objectives. These objectives are (1) to publicize further this valuable emergency technique and (2) to document the flow characteristics of catheters of various sizes. The clinical value...
Since 1961, viral hepatitis has been recognized as an occupational hazard among handlers of newly imported chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates. To determine whether previously reported cases were caused by human viral hepatitis type A, we tested paired serum samples from two outbreaks for...
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