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THERE have been many health insurance and provision plans proposed for adoption on a national basis. Firsthand evaluations also abound for health programs already in effect in other countries. Analyses of these range from the hypercritical to those that extol the virtues of the particular plan...
To the Editor.—
Let us add a qualified positive response to Dr Page's suggestion that home blood pressure measurement be "universally accepted" ("Egregious Errors in the Management of Hypertension," 236:2621, 1976).
Although the benefits of self-monitoring of blood pressure (in terms of lowered...
A 49-year-old man with multiple myeloma, IgA type, contracted cutaneous plasmocytomas. No deposits of immunoglobulin were found in the cutaneous tumor by direct immunofluorescence. The case is an unusual manifestation occurring in multiple myeloma.
(JAMA 237:2625-2626, 1977)
A patient with a brain tumor and seizures who was receiving maintenance doses of phenytoin was given chloramphenicol on three occasions. Her neurological status was both complicated and obscured by the reoccurrence of phenytoin intoxication. Retrospective drug analysis showed a marked elevation...
We agree with the comments of Dr Say and colleagues that there is good support in the literature for the familial nature of anterior meningocele, and that this should be explored in every case. Our own pursuit of such investigation remains incomplete, having been frustrated by...
Protecting the Nation's Health is a review of those activities of government that regulate this country's environmental health status. The Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protective Agency lead the list of regulating bodies, which also include the Atomic Energy Commission, the...
OF THE newer medical techniques, organ transplantation has most consistently intrigued the public. From the news of the first heart transplant to the most recent pancreatic islet transplants, the press has informed an interested public even before medical journals have informed physicians. When...
To the Editor.—
We have read with great interest the article by Drs Anderson and Burke (237:39, 1977). We believe their article deserves further comments regarding the genetic aspects of sacral defects with associated malformations. In addition to those familial cases cited by the authors, Cohn...
Analysis of the association between oral contraceptive use and the development of myocardial infarction in women less than 50 years of age shows that cigarette smoking is the most important factor in increasing the likelihood of myocardial infarction. This effect is independent of oral...
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