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A retrospective analysis of 56 button (miniature) battery ingestions was conducted. This represents the largest series in the literature studying this problem. Impaction of these foreign bodies, most frequently in the esophagus (five cases), was a uniform predictor of severe morbidity. In the...
To the Editor.—
I would like to respond to an article in The Journal by Milan Korcok entitled "Medical Education: Prosperitas Interrupta" (1983;249:12). Dr Korcok seems to lament that "teaching hospitals, faced with continuing cost constraints, might have to reduce the size of the residency...
Children are an incredible race, resilient yet sensitive beyond our own capacity to believe. They have not yet learned to be fools, they are purely simple; they have not yet learned to be rude, they are only honest. But they know the importance of a lie.
My patient had two sons, ages 10 and 12,...
How Is Bone Marrow Transplantation Performed?
How is bone marrow transplantation performed?
Thomas: We take the donor to the operating room, and, under sterile conditions, we carry out a series of aspirations of bone marrow from the anterior and posterior iliac crests. It takes about an...
In little more than a decade, alcoholism has been transformed in people's minds from a moral failing, not to be discussed in polite society, to a Middle American disease. Over the same period, its therapy has improved enormously, and alcoholics have become far more candid about their problem....
To the Editor.—
I note with amused bafflement the implicit message of Samuel M. Chen's essay in A PIECE OF MY MIND (1982;248:1541). Dr Chen underlines once more the familiar but curious tolerance by medical students of inept, unengaged, and unengaging teaching of a sort that would be sharply...
Dr Voeller's hypothesis on the carcinogenic role of oil lubricants in anorectal carcinoma is interesting. From the literature cited, I would tend to share Dr Voeller's concern that these substances may be possible causes of this cancer in homosexual men. He suggests a way to solve...
Surgical treatment of kidney stones is undergoing "very exciting" changes, according to Lynwood H. Smith, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Speaking at a National Kidney Foundation symposium in Washington, DC, Smith, a nephrologist, summarized recently reported...
This book on emergency treatment of traumatic injuries originally began as a combination of two paperback pocket manuals developed by the American College of Surgeons: An Outline of Treatment of Fractures and The Early Care of Acute Soft Tissue Injuries. For those health professionals routinely...
The enjoyments of being a clinical professor are well reemphasized by Tulsky. It is good to hear that he is appreciated in Chicago. After my article appeared, another and more scholarly view has been stated in a sister journal.1 That author tells the medical schools why they must...
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