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Jamie Fiske's name may be fading from public memory. But questions raised by her need for a liver, a need probably shared by several thousand Americans, remain to be resolved: Who should receive such lifesaving but expensive procedures? Who will pay the bills? And what are the long-term results...
Increasingly, it is recognized that resources available to meet health care needs are limited. Recently, this has been evidenced by reductions in federally funded health care programs and the leveling off of research funds made available to the National Institutes of Health. The problem of...
This 225-page hardcover book is a compilation of 17 selections—essays, poems, and chapters—by 11 different authors, each with a disability. The editor was disabled with polio, and other contributors include individuals with cerebral palsy, visual handicap, hearing deficit, heart attack, stroke,...
The threshold of the 1980s is viewed as a turning point with respect to the nation's future health policy. Critical changes are occurring in health care provision, health care financing, health manpower, education, medical science, and research. Unfortunately, the private health care sector's...
We thank Dr Varkey for his interest in our article.
We agree that liver disease can impair host defense mechanisms and increase susceptibility to many types of infections, including aspergillosis. As Dr Varkey mentioned, we did discuss this in our article, and we agree with his...
A bacteriology technologist was found to have acute polyarticular arthritis after a brief prodromal illness. Gram's stain of fluid from the right knee showed pleomorphic gram-negative organisms, while that of fluid from the right elbow and left wrist showed gram-negative cocci and diplococci....
To the Editor.—
In their article entitled "Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy in an Outpatient Setting" (1982; 248:336), Dr Poretz and colleagues state: "At the end of therapy, excess equipment was returned and its cost deducted from the final bill."
As a practicing pharmacist in California,...
There is persistent interest among proponents of some form of universal health insurance under government auspices in this country as to why the United States is the only remaining large industrial nation without such insurance. The question of "why" is freighted with the implication that the...
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