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Two newborns of mothers carrying hepatitis B and at high risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection developed HIV-positive test results by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blot tests after birth. Both had been administered hepatitis B immune globulin within 48 hours of...
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The article by Balestra et al1 that reports a case of diffuse interstitial lung disease that developed 14 months after total colectomy for ulcerative colitis is of interest, but I think that the authors have exercised poetic license in making the assumption that the lung...
If John Rock, MD, were alive today, he would be coauthor of this article. I first saw John Rock in Boston's Colonial Theater in 1929, when I was a third-year student at Harvard Medical School. Seated four rows ahead of me, he was pointed out by a proper Bostonian lady directly in front, who...
SABBATICAL is derived from the Hebrew word sabat, meaning rest, and is defined as "a plan for providing... an opportunity for self-improvement through a leave of absence with full or partial compensation, following a designated number of years of consecutive service." Sabbatical leave is a...
Moral philosopher Joseph Fletcher has always been 15 to 20 years ahead of his time in exploring the ethical questions raised by modern medicine. His 1954 Morals and Medicine, for example, set the agenda for medical ethics well into the 1970s. And this 1988 rerelease of his 1974 Ethics of Genetic...
THE INCIDENCE of Acanthamoeba keratitis, a potentially blinding disease, is increasing. From 1973 to 1984, there were 31 cases, primarily associated with penetrating eye trauma or exposure to contaminated water. Since 1984, there have been more than 100 new cases, 90% being among wearers of...
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We agree with Dr Oryshkevich's assessment of the enormous strain that HIV has imposed on New York City's overburdened health care system. Human immunodeficiency virus has highlighted many of the weaknesses and faults in our medical and social support systems. Until recently,...
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