eLetters

498 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Maximal Effort
    Simon Fountain-Polley

    Dear Editor,

    Glaser et al demonstrate to us the less than ideal arrangements for providing a service for fertility preservation in the United Kingdom [1]. Their article reminded me of my own experiences working in an oncology unit as an SHO. Being the only male member of staff available (the usual nurse was on annual leave), I was tasked with discussing sperm-banking twice. Facing the family of an embarr...

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  • Archimedes vs Cochrane
    Sam Richmond

    Dear Editor,

    I would also like to air my serious concerns regarding the whole concept of the Archimedes section now appearing in Archives of Disease in Childhood. Iain Chalmers and his group rallied for many years against the system whereby experts were invited or chose to write review articles on various clinical topics in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Chalmers’ argument was that these articles were always either i...

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  • "High Calorie Cereal Milk", a locally made "RTUF" in treating childhood malnutrition in India
    Padmini Venkataramani

    Dear Editor,

    The article "Home based therapy for severe malnutrition with ready-to -use food" made interesting reading. I would like to share my experience of treating severe degrees of malnutrition using "High Calorie Cereal Milk" (HCCM) in a rural charity hospital in South India.

    In the 70s, 80s and early 90s, during my paediatric training and after that, we used to see a lot of children with varying d...

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  • Anti-basal ganglia antibodies in movement disorders
    Gavin Giovannoni

    Dear Editor,

    In their commentary in response to our study on the diagnostic utility of anti-basal ganglia antibodies (ABGA) in post-streptococcal movement disorders, Singer and colleagues [1] raise certain points and present laboratory data which require a considered response.

    The band at ~55 kDa appears to be in saturation and the number of bands detected raises the issue of non-specific or low affini...

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  • Community paediatricians
    Somnath Banerjee

    Dear Editor,

    I was pleasantly surprised with the leading article "Community paediatrics in crisis" by Dr M Mather.

    She pointed out in the article the minute details about the work and obstacles of community paediatricians. I always felt that the Royal College of Paediatrics is dominated by the acute hospital paediatricians and super-specialists. Now I wish that our royal college do pay attention and due r...

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  • Is it fallacious to predict future outcomes using developmental tests alone?
    Srinivas S Gada

    Dear editor,

    We read the article by Barnett et al with interest[1]. We believe prediction of future outcome using developmental tests alone is difficult, and can be erroneous[2]. for the following reasons. Firstly, development is a result of complex and dynamic on-going interaction between genetic potential, pre/peri/post natal variables, socio-economic and environmental factors[2,3]. Secondly, developmental tes...

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  • Diagnosing appendicitis in young children
    Francisco Abecasis

    Dear editor,

    We found this article very interesting, especially because we had a similar case at our Hospital this year.

    A 3 year old female presented to the emergency department complaining of dysuria and vague abdominal pain. The urinalysis revealed no signs of infection and she was sent home. A week later she returned with the same complaints. An abdominal ultrasound showed a pelvic mass with solid...

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  • Diagnosis of intraabdominal masses prior to biopsy is not alwasy easy
    Tom S Walwyn

    Dear editor,

    We present a case that illustrates the points made by Baker et al, and emphasises the need for care in the diagnosis of mass lesions.

    N.B is a 14 year old girl who presented with a 3 week history of diarrhoea, intial vomiting and malaise. She was seen by her general practitioner on the day of admission as the family were concerned about continued loose bowel motions and her ongoing malaise....

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  • Author's Reply to Dr Baumer's Letter
    Sanjay Gupta

    Dear editor,

    We thank Dr Baumer for his useful comments about our article on use of dexamethasone in meningococcal meningitis. Firstly, we would like to clarify that the literature search for the subject was conducted between November 2002 and April 2003 and the article was accepted for publication in July 2003. The Cochrane review cited by Dr Baumer was not available at the time and hence could not have been inc...

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  • PBL for Paediatrics - A Malaysian perspective
    Padmini Venkataramani

    Dear Editor,

    The article "G64 Creating a problem based curriculum for paediatrics" is very interesting. I fully agree with the author that “Paediatrics can be taught as a problem based curriculum and appears good at teaching practical paediatrics, skills, and interesting students in the specialty”.

    I have previously taught in a conventional medical school in India. I would like to share my experience in...

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