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LAST FALL, when medical science and politics clashed over whether health insurers should be required to pay for high-dose chemotherapy plus autologous bone marrow transplants (ABMT) for patients with advanced breast cancer, a nonprofit independent technology assessment group called ECRI weighed...
THE PATIENT does not speak English. In fact, the physician is uncertain what language the patient does speak.
Enter, the Multimedia Medical Language Translator.
Because it is involved in medicine— and additionally because it was "born" and now is serving in the US military— this translation...
THE NATIONAL Medical Association (NMA) is making a major effort to combat asthma in the areas and populations where the disease has its greatest impact—minority groups in the inner city.
For several years, alarmed by increasing morbidity and mortality from asthma, government and private groups...
To the Editor.
—The excellent Special Communication by Dr Singer and colleagues1 gives guidelines for use by physicians in the care of patients with thyroid disorders. However, I was surprised that Singer et al did not mention the role of amiodarone in causing thyroid disorder.2,3 Amiodarone is...
To the Editor.
—I have several questions about the article by Dr Singer and colleagues.1 At the end of the abstract, the authors state that the guidelines are written with the "expectation that more effective care can be provided, and at a cost savings." As the guidelines do not seem to depart...
—Dr Ahmad correctly points out that amiodarone affects thyroid function in certain individuals. However, it was the intent of our article to mention only agents that either alter absorption or metabolism of levothyroxine, a property that amiodarone does not possess. We did not have...
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