60 e-Letters

published between 2008 and 2011

  • is it showing the exact picture of igA nephropathy?
    gopal chandra ghosh

    I want to highlight few points about the study.First, IgA nephropathy is seen in nearly 40% of renal biopsy specimens of acute glomerulonephritis patients in asia in various study.In this study it is comprising only 8.1% of cases.Second, it is an crossectional study, taking data from the renal biopsy report thus not showing the exact % of acute glomerulonephritis caused by IgA nephropathy.So the finding is quite exaggerat...

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  • Lifestyle modification is still the main strategy to raise HDL-C
    Gauranga C. Dhar

    Management of special type of dyslipidemia; Low HDL-C, high TG, Type- B size LDL-P in patients with T2DM is a big challenge for a physician. For primary LDL-C goal, we the physician usually go for stronger statins like atorvastatin or rosuvastatin. Addition of fenofibrate to the above statins to reduce concomitant high TG really reduces TG level but does such combination offer any strong role in reducing mortality in this p...

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  • Leadership education in medicine and science
    Christian T. K.-H. Stadtl?nder

    Kouzes and Posner (1) once wrote that "The domain of leaders is the future. The leaders unique legacy is the creation of valued institutions that survive over time. The most significant contribution leaders make is not simply to today's bottom line; it is to the long-term development of people and institutions so they can adapt, change, prosper, and grow."

    As Warren and Carnall (2) stated, medical leadership is...

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  • More Errors
    Chris J M Johnstone

    Reply to Reply In reply to De Wets and Bowie's reply to my criticism:

    De Wet and Bowie state 1. Our paper makes it very clear that this is a study of primary care records and not of consultations, GPs or of primary care per se.

    Reply Although this is true, nowhere does the paper explicitly explain that is looking in primary records for errors across the totality of healthcare. This is not mentioned un...

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  • Feedback
    Paul Bowie

    Dear Editor

    Thank you for the opportunity to respond to Dr Chris Johnstone's comments on our 2009 publication.(1)

    1. Our paper makes it very clear that this is a study of primary care records and not of consultations, GPs or of primary care per se.

    2. There is no "common method of measuring rates of harm" in primary care (2) as Johnstone states. We refer to research on medical error and t...

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  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy: current understanding, comprehensive management review and new developments
    Ntobeko B. A. Ntusi

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We read with interest a review on peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) by Pyatt and Dubey (1) that has recently been published in your journal. Reviewing the epidemiology of PPCM, the authors conclude that, "PPCM appears not to have a hereditary association", and this erroneous assertion is supported by the citation of three references.(2,3,4) However, all three of the papers cited, actually emphasise th...

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  • Neurological and cognite changes in frailty older adults
    Julio C. Romero

    We agree with the authors of this wide and accurate review that persons while they grow old have anatomic and physiological changes in central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as, in cognitive domain expressing in the interview and physical exam of the elderly. But, frequently, the doctors have difficulties to determine where and when the physiological end and the pathological begin in a proper older...

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  • Inappropriate use of medical abbreviations
    Yehia Y. Mishriki

    In the first few weeks of my medical internship, one intern was in the habit of writing "DOA" in his admitting histories and physicals. He was eventually confronted by the senior resident who asked for an explanation. It was quite simple. DOA, after all, stood for "day of admission". Didn't everyone know this? I still chuckle at the memory.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared...

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  • Are there errors in error papers?
    Chris J M Johnstone

    The Editor
    Postgraduate Medical Journal, BMA House, Tavistock House, London WC1H 9JR
    30 June 2011

    Dear Editor,
    A 2009 paper by de Wet and Bowie in the Postgraduate Medical Journal(1) has recently been used by its authors' employer to suggest that, "A recent pilot study reviewing a random selection of primary care electronic medical records found a harm rate of 9.5%".(2) Not only is this interpretation of...

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  • Making the most of medical communities.
    Sheila F Lumley

    The identification of leadership as a key skill for doctors is a positive step, however have we undervalued the medical community's assets when considering the development of medical leadership?

    Green Templeton College is a graduate college in Oxford, specialising in subjects relating to human welfare and social, economic and environmental well-being in the 21st century. GTC has taken a more local approach to ma...

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