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Outpatient Management of Advanced Cancer is designed as a guide to clinicians involved in the palliative care of patients with advanced cancer. The book is organized into three major sections: (1) symptom control; (2) psychosocial support; and (3) hospice-in-the-home. If one were to formulate an...
Those of us who see patients are impressed on a daily basis by all the things we do not understand and cannot explain. When we try to make sense of patients who have symptoms but no diseases, or when we try to comprehend why patients do not take medicine or do not follow our recommendations, we...
Depending on definitions and how you count, an estimated 42 million people are blind. Over 80% reside in developing countries, where blindness rates are often five to 20 times those of wealthier industrialized nations.1,2 The majority of Third World blindness is caused by cataract3,4; the rest,...
Thirty-one eminent epidemiologists and cardiologists joined forces to provide an updated understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death. I will highlight a few areas of the book and leave its other important sections...
Since the Department of Health and Human Services was the source of the task force report on the health status of black persons and members of other minority groups, it is not too surprising that several of its agencies have been prompt to respond to the report's findings.
For example, the...
During a five-year period, 262 (4.7%) of 5,531 pregnant women had positive cervical cultures for Chlamydia trachomatis, and 131 of their infants were followed up prospectively to ascertain the outcome of chlamydial exposure during the birth process. Culture-confirmed inclusion conjunctivitis of...
We are reminded by the thorough study of Rapoza and colleagues1 that chlamydial conjunctivitis is an important cause of ophthalmia neonatorum. In fact, it was not clear that any other of the broad range of bacterial and viral agents sought were causes of conjunctivitis. Only in the instance of...
To the Editor.—
Last December, just before the holidays, one of my spritely 90-year-old patients hand delivered to my secretary an envelope addressed to me and then briskly departed. My secretary was as puzzled as I that the envelope held an uncanceled stamp and had already been ripped open....
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