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CORONARY artery bypass surgery (CABS), estimated to have been performed more than 100,000 times in the United States in 1980 at a total cost approaching $2 billion, poses a wide range of economic, ethical, legal, and social considerations. On April 21 through 23, 1981, the National Center for...
To the Editor.—
The article by John E. Craighead, MD, and N. V. Vallyathan, PhD (1980;244:1939), deserves further comment. It consists of two separate and quite different parts.
The first part reports the demonstration of silica in lung tissue of deceased granite workers. Using sophisticated...
PATIENTS experiencing disseminated varicella-zoster infection may have significant morbidity in the form of pain, extreme fevers (temperature ≥40 °C), rigors, anorexia, malaise, and, rarely, pneumonia, hepatitis, and encephalitis.1 Initially, vidarabine sodium phosphate showed promising results...
Abstract We report five cases of symptomatic hypokalemia caused by surreptitious diuretic ingestion. A positive diagnosis was made in four patients by a colorimetric detection of the diuretic in urine by simple chemical means. Patients who surreptitiously ingest diuretics appear to be mainly...
It is well known that some patients develop a syndrome resembling systemic lupus erythematosus in response to therapy with hydrazines or aromatic amines—notably with procainamide for arrhythmias, hydralazine for hypertension, and isoniazid for tuberculosis. New work suggests that minor molecular...
WEIGHT loss in cancer patients is caused by decreased caloric intake, increased caloric consumption, and altered host metabolism. In patients with small or modest caloric deficits, caloric balance may often be restored by dietary counseling and oral nutritional supplements. For patients with...
Biopsy specimens of normal skin of 11 patients with primary biliary cirrhosis were studied by immunofluorescence for immunoglobulin and complement deposition. Of the 11 patients, seven had positive immunofluorescent staining, primarily in a granular pattern either at the basement membrane zone...
Solutions to some of the problems that workers complain of when using video display terminals (VDTs) may already be available. That suggestion came from several participants in a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) symposium on the impact of VDTs on vision.
The VDT is a computerized typewriter...
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