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A serious outbreak of pertussis in the British Isles, where more than 50,000 cases of the disease have occurred since Nov 1,1977, has hastened a debate over the usefulness of pertussis vaccine.
While routine pertussis immunization in infants and young children generally has been practiced around...
The sooner in infancy that vision is tested, the better the chance of averting eye problems early in life. The challenge is to devise a valid test that can be administered easily and quickly to infants.
The latest attempt to meet these criterions is a behavioral method called forced-choice...
Solid tumors are the nemesis of cancer chemotherapists because they resist the action of many drugs whether given alone or in combination with surgery and radiation therapy: Hence, the growing interest of oncologists and other physicians in the potential of cis-diaminodichloroplatinum...
Two new short-term therapy programs for tuberculosis (TB), based on twice-weekly chemotherapy with isoniazid and rifampin, have been developed recently by the Public Health Service (PHS) and by the Arkansas State Department of Health.
Although similar in design and intent, the two programs have...
In cases of drug withdrawal, the cure may be little better than the disease. The use of methadone as a withdrawal agent for heroin addiction is a case in point. However, an antihypertensive drug, clonidine hydrochloride, may help to drive a wedge into this clinical paradox.
According to Mark S....
To the Editor.—
The BRIEF REPORT "Wife Abuse: The Diagnosis and Its Implications" (240:240,1978) by Petro and associates promulgated the unusual thesis that there is justification for corporal punishment ("most abused wives were unfaithful and deserved to be abused"). This proposition is not...
To the Editor.—
Academic family medicine has no greater ally than Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD. But his critique on its viability (240:132, 1978) reflects a predominantly philosophic approach. Many of the questions raised either are answered incompletely or need further analysis. A pragmatist with...
It was not the intention of the authors to promulgate the idea that there is a correlation between justification for abuse and infidelity. It is unfortunate that this unclear language was not detected by us. In his letter to the British Journal of Psychiatry, Allan Alani in what I hope was a...
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