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There has been an exponential increase in medical devices employed in diagnosis and treatment, and government has become so concerned with their quality that a large new bureaucracy has come into being. Industry has become sufficiently concerned, and many new positions in their executive staffs...
In a nationwide screening program, blood pressure measurements, family (parental) histories of hypertension, and self-evaluations of weight class were obtained for more than a half million people. Positive family history was associated with hypertension prevalence double that found in persons...
To the Editor.—
I commend Jules Constant, MD, for his efforts in trying to organize a more precise nomenclature for cardiology (240:868, 1978). However, I believe he excluded from the "Terms Wrongly Used" section the term "arrhythmia," which indicates an absence of rhythm but too often is...
AMYLOIDOSIS can no longer be considered a rare disease. Localized deposits have been found within the heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, and brain in as high as 16% of postmortem studies when appropriate stains were used.1 Amyloid occurs within the heart in a substantial number of patients...
The rise of the United States in the 20th century to a position of preeminence among nations can be attributed to a number of factors, not the least of which has been a climate favorable to scientific investigation and publication. Science in America has been generously funded throughout most of...
The incidence of tuberculosis in physicians was determined by mailed questionnaire. Since 1950 tuberculosis infection preceding entry into medical school has decreased by 73%; at the same time, infection after beginning medical school decreased by 78%. Tuberculin conversion rates among recent...
Randomized clinical trials in 300 patients undergoing major abdominal surgery or hip replacement arthroplasty were performed to investigate the efficacy of dihydroergotamine mesylate, heparin calcium, or a combination of dihydroergotamine with heparin in preventing postoperative deep-vein...
To the Editor.—
I have read the recent article by Milton L. Levine, MD, entitled "Cimetidine-Induced Coma in Cirrhosis of the Liver" (240:1238, 1978), and I am somewhat surprised by such tenuous speculation. The article actually concludes that cimetidine may be the cause of hepatic coma in...
The following acknowledgment was omitted from the SPECIAL COMMUNICATION "The Minnesota Rural Physician Redistribution Plan, 1971 to 1976," published in the Aug 29 issue of The Journal (238:960-964, 1977): Judith Garrard, PhD, created and analyzed Tables 1 through 3 and the patient encounter work.
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Previously we described two patients who were treated with vidarabine (adenine arabinoside) for chronic hepatitis B infection (239:1648, 1978). Since this report we have treated 13 other patients with similar regimens. A summary of side effects related to this drug in all 15...
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