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The disciplines of preventive medicine and public health are not meeting their potential in reducing morbidity and mortality. Public health successes may have obscured our failures. The world has not had the level of medical care that we take for granted in this country, yet global life...
Seven years ago, in the 1985 version of the Contempo series, I raised the question about whether critical care medicine had evolved sufficiently to be designated a true medical subspecialty.1 The present statistics strongly support that it has. Critical care board certification examinations have...
HEADSTRONG opposition to motorcycle helmet laws is running into one of Congress' more powerful tools of persuasion.
Federal highway construction funds may triumph where scientific studies have only halfway succeeded. The 1991 federal highway bill dictates that states without mandatory...
The effort to create an effective human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccine has moved to the forefront of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) research. As recently as a few years ago, there was widespread pessimism as to the possibility of an HIV vaccine. The change has been propelled by...
The connection between generating new knowledge in medical research and putting that knowledge to use in medical practice is remarkably tenuous. In order to ensure and improve the quality of health care, the health care system apparently needs better ways to integrate the lessons of research...
HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT of a smuggler last month by Immigration and Naturalization Service border patrol officers led to the death of six Californians hit by the vehicle being chased.
Such "hot pursuit," says the Washington, DC—based Automobile Association of America Foundation for...
NEXT WEEK, physicians and others will gather in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Ill, for a course in using the Abbreviated Injury Scale to assess the severity of trauma from traffic violence. (Please see accompanying article.)
Such courses are just one activity of the Association for the...
Emergency medicine provides access to all patients who seek care at all times regardless of their financial status. The variety of patient problems is enormous, matched only by the opportunity to improve the health care of these patients through research and clinical care.
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