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Memoirs about illness are many. An author who is thoughtful and perceptive can provide the physician with extraordinary insights into the disease process and its effects on the persona. When the author is also a professional writer, the document becomes compelling. If you have any...
To the Editor.
—Dr Westfall and colleagues1 raise some important concerns. Their article concludes that physicians and office staff frequently take pharmaceutical companies' free drug samples for personal and family use, and that this use of samples constitutes a substantial gift...
To the Editor.
—I read the article by Drs Sharp and Shenson1 with great interest. As a journalist I have visited many trouble spots and war zones, often traveling with relief workers and volunteer physicians. Journalists, as well as humanitarian workers, have...
The purpose of this article is to describe what is happening in the provision of health care throughout the Western world and to make a case, although briefly, for using both economic and clinical incentives to change the health system so that more health is produced from it. In this...
Medical Histories of Union Generals, by Jack D. Welsh, 422 pp, $35, ISBN 0-87338-552-7, Kent, Ohio, Kent State University Press, 1996.
I had hoped that these volumes would provide in-depth medical histories of the most influential soldiers of the Civil War but was delighted when...
—Dr Balaklaw is concerned that while most workforce planners concur that we either have trained or are on the verge of training too many physicians, this circumstance may not prevail in the future. We fully agree that future needs are too uncertain to predict...
—While clinical guidelines are considered an important mechanism to improve the quality of medical care, problems with implementation may limit their effectiveness. Few empirical data exist about the effect of computer-based systems for application of...
—Being able to choose one's health care plan has been shown to increase subsequent patient satisfaction with the plan, but it is not known whether choosing one's own primary care physician affects patient satisfaction with the physician....
To the Editor.
—We read with interest the study by Dr Shorr and colleagues, which suggests that antihypertensive drug therapy has little impact on the risk of hypoglycemia in older diabetic patients. Three reasons may have led to these results. First, the authors express concern...
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