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To the Editor.—
In an excellent COMMENTARY, Dr Spiro1 appropriately questions whether every complaint by a patient needs diagnostic studies before treatment. Having trained in a mecca of medical technology, until recently I would have responded with an emphatic yes! Fortunately, I recently had...
Several reports have documented characteristics of children who die of asthma; however, to the best of our knowledge, no studies have used case controls to clarify the clinical characteristics associated with death. We conducted a case-controlled study of 21 patients with severe asthma...
The first edition of this classic text on cancer appeared in the late 1940s. In a field as rapidly changing as that of cancer, to have successive editions from the same source after 20 years would be remarkable. Here we have a work that has survived twice as long. Why?
Most texts on clinical...
Our recent article on detecting prostate cancer by routine screening should not be interpreted as a recommendation that such a program be instituted at this time. Our purpose was to show the approximate cost of such a program, the outcome in terms of stage of disease at diagnosis,...
The purpose of our study was to analyze the use of febrile agglutinin (FA) serologic tests in the diagnosis of Salmonella (typhi and paratyphi), Rickettsia, Brucella, and Francisella infections. Data were collected in a retrospective chart study of 202 titer requests covering a 42-month period...
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Levy and colleagues1 provide very helpful information about the prognosis of hypoxicischemic coma. While we fully agree that their data "provide a more rational approach for managing patients who sustain hypoxic-ischemic coma," we wonder about the possibility of a...
Strict criteria were used to identify all definite, probable, and possible cases of endocarditis in residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, from 1950 through 1981. The mean annual age- and sex-adjusted incidence rates per 100,000 person-years were 3.8 for total cases and 3.2 for definite and...
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