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The title of this collection of essays is somewhat misleading; it suggests that the reader will find a lot of legal scholarship with ethical evaluation of the law and its implications for public policy. Rather, the book brings together three subdisciplines with their own perspectives on health...
Investigators at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, have developed a radiopharmaceutical agent that permits the identification of pheochromocytomas—hypertension-causing tumors of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system—by scintigraphy. The drug,131I-metaiodobenzylguanadine...
In this issue of The Journal (p 2392), Newhouse and colleagues demonstrate the rapid geographic diffusion of physicians in most specialties during the period from 1970 to 1979.
This demonstration will probably come as no surprise, since it confirms the personal observation of many physicians,...
Although coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) has been found in 70% to 80% of subjects in the ongoing National Coal Workers Autopsy Study (NCWAS), it has been considered as the underlying cause of death in only 4.2%. Thus, while there can be no doubt that CWP, or "black lung," is prevalent in the...
To the Editor.—
It has been shown that prevention of seizures after head injuries can be accomplished by prophylactic anticonvulsant treatment.1 It is also common practice by some neurosurgeons to administer anticonvulsant drugs to patients after surgery for brain tumors, aneurysms, or other...
We agree with the substance of Mr Sorenson's observation that the basis for the informed consent requirement is a matter of morals, not of practicability. We are, however, puzzled as to why he finds our article "troublesome" in light of the fact that we conclude our article with the...
Ali et al and Warkel question whether leakage from myocardium might be the possible source of elevated serum CK-MB in marathon runners. We acknowledge this possibility in our discussion by stating, "Leakage from either skeletal muscle or myocardium are the only possible tissue...
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Adequate radiological visualization of the lower cervical vertebrae in the lateral projection frequently requires that cephalad traction be applied to the patient's head while the shoulders are pulled caudally by traction applied directly to the upper extremities. However, in...
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