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We had a case involving a 59-year-old woman admitted for elective cholecystectomy. The patient was known to have chronic gallbladder disease proved by findings from a previous oral cholecystogram that showed no definite visualization of the gallbladder. Ultrasound examination of...
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"Sick sinus syndrome" is an anthropomorphic term. Sickness relates to a person, not an organ or tissue. A component part of the human body can become inflamed, degenerated, hypertrophic, or atrophic, but never sick. Still, despite its inappropriateness, the term has survived 13 years of use...
This excellent small (5 1/4 × 8 in, 294 pp) paperback by David J. Steward, chairman of the Department of Anaesthesia of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and his prestigious staff helps to meet the need for an up-to-date reference text in pediatric anesthesiology. The authors have...
Physicians and nutritionists who have long preached that overeating must unavoidably lead to obesity may have to revise their sermon if a newly emerging theory about the mechanism of obesity is confirmed.
Results of recent animal and human studies now strongly suggest that body weight is not...
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In a recent case report Cunningham and Balu (242: 2431, 1979) suggest that the collapse of their patient after fluorescein angiography was due to direct or indirect effects of fluorescein dye on the heart. A similar case of ours, however, suggests that fluorescein may initiate...
Can fever be beneficial? The author suggests that, under certain circumstances, it can be. For example, he writes, "many micro-organisms are killed by elevations in temperatures corresponding to moderate fevers," and there may be indirect effects on immune response such as, perhaps, increased...
This study examined the efficiency of walking with a backpack load as a method for improving physical fitness. Forty-four subjects (average age, 18.8 years) marched at a speed of 5 km/hr for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Thirty-two subjects walked for 3 weeks with a 3-kg backpack load; 6...
Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid terms have been variably used in the medical literature. Classic anaphylaxis is an immediate systemic reaction, IgE mediated and clinically occurring as cardiocirculatory collapse, urticaria, bronchospasm, and laryngospasm, usually leading to death...
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