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Paralyzed by poliomyelitis in 1952 when he was 19, Hugh Gallagher has been observing the reactions of physicians and his fellow citizens to the disabled for almost 40 years. His previous books include one on Franklin D. Roosevelt, who he concluded was "a great President, but no role model for...
Zeke is a 1 1/2-year-old blue-eyed cherub whose Cupid's bow was broken at birth by the fissures of a bilateral cleft lip and palate. His mother Jean walked the precarious tightrope of the poverty line, often slipping and losing her balance but always seeming at the last moment to catch herself...
As living memory of the Third Reich slowly dies, interest in permanently chronicling this unprecedented period becomes an imperative. Fortunately, a flurry of recent academic studies, specifically focusing on the health professions, has analyzed elements of the most catastrophic corruption of...
To the Editor.—
In the February 10, 1989, issue of JAMA, a discussion of "The Fall of the House of Usher" and porphyria misrepresented aspects of Edgar Allan Poe's life.1 I will begin at the end of the article, the closing sentence of which begins, "However, as one of the greatest American...
Radithor was a radioactive patent medicine that was touted as a metabolic stimulant and aphrodisiac. We have obtained several original samples of Radithor and have used these historical specimens and a computer-based calculation model to perform a retrospective analysis of a famous case of...
This excellent little book deserves high marks for several reasons.
It deals with a very important subject—so important and so widespread that it sometimes escapes professional attention.It is exceptionally well written and readable. It is not a government document, not a statistical analysis....
To the Editor.—
Intracavernous penile injection of papaverine hydrochloride has been used increasingly to induce erections in impotent patients. The drug is used alone or in combination with phentolamine. The dose of papaverine (15 to 80 mg) is individually tailored and prescribed for...
RADIATION THERAPY, an often indispensable treatment for a wide range of brain tumors, is a double-edged sword, especially when used to treat children (JAMA. 1988;260:3400-3405).
Incomplete development of secondary sexual characteristics, growth inhibition, cognitive deficits, and chronic...
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