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Through Sept 30,1987, two thousand fifty-nine patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and no recognized risk factors were reported to the Centers for Disease Control. Risk history was incomplete or unobtainable for 921 (45%) of them. Risk factors were ultimately identified for...
ACQUIRED immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is emerging as one of the most dreadful of human diseases. The way in which the disease recurrently savages its victims before killing them is now well known. So are the feelings of profound depression, anger, loneliness, and hopelessness so often seen...
Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) achieve their cost savings through lower rates of hospital admissions. To determine whether HMOs selectively avoid discretionary hospitalizations, medical records were reviewed from a randomized trial where families were assigned to either HMO or...
CLINICAL TRIALS of vaccines against acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are picking up steam after a slow start. Officials at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, predict that the current phase I studies, which are designed to evaluate safety and immunogenicity, may be...
—I responded to a letter that requested information and an opinion on the appropriate timing for the surgical repair of a persistent umbilical hernia in a child. I do know that many umbilical hernias spontaneously reduce and heal over a period of time. However, the need for making an...
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS does not plan to institute testing of blood donors for human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2). The virus is closely related to HIV-1 and was reported in 1986 to be associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in west Africa. The only documented case of...
THE COST OF PEDIATRIC immunization is soaring. The price of the routine five doses of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine has gone from around $44 to around $55—a 25% increase. The cost of the combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has gone up from $20.72 per dose last year to...
To the Editor.
—As I read press accounts of the American Medical Association's statement on the ethical obligation of physicians to care for people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, I could not help thinking of Thucydides' celebrated description, in his History of the Peloponnesian War,1...
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