Lege Artis Medicinae

[Galienus and Ipocras]


FEBRUARY 09, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(03)

[On the front cover: as indicated by the inscriptions above their heads, "Galienus" and "Ipocras", and the different shapes of the medicinal vessels, are the "images" of two of the greatest figures of ancient medicine, Hippocrates and Galenos. The double 'portrait', which adorns the altarpiece of the medieval cathedral of Anagni, a small Italian town near Rome, was painted around 1250 and, in keeping with the style of painting and iconographic tradition of the time, depicts the Greek physicians as elderly sages with generalised features. ]



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[The role of computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in organic neurological diagnosis]

KENÉZ József

[In the last two decades, neuroimaging became the basic investigative method in the diagnostics of organic neurology due to the rapid development of medical electronics. In the nineties called the "Decade of the Brain", the importance of these methods could hardly bee overestimated. The two outstanding investigations of neuroimaging are computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MR). Surely in the near future the application of these investigations will be incorporated in the Hungarian healthcare system as well. In this review all the points of view are collected on the basis of neurologic clinical symptomatology to help clinicians to decide, which method and when has to be chosen to gain the most valuable and detailed information on the quickest way, with less risk, and for the least amount of money ]

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[Awareness of hypoglycaemia in diabetes mellitus: Prospective clinical-epidemiological investigations]


[In order to survey the frequency of hypoglycaemia and its awareness we investigated 91 insulin- treated diabetic women (48 pregnant and 43 non-pregnant) consecutively using 9 to 15 blood glucose measurements. Subjective hypoglycaemic symptoms of patients were registered by using a structured questionnaire. Biochemically proved hypoglycaemia has been found in two third of patients (62/91). One third of the patients had a loss of awareness, 23 had partial awareness and 19 were aware of hypoglycaemia. No significant difference were found according to age, diabetes duration, daily insulin dose/kg body weight, glycated haemoglobin levels and frequency of diabetic complications. Five standard cardiovascular autonomic reflex-tests were performed in 31 patients. Age, diabetes duration, frequency of diabetic complications of patients with evidence of autonomic neuropathy significantly surpassed that of having normal cardiovascular reflex-tests. Our results confirm from clinical-epidemiological aspect that hypoglycaemia unawareness is not invariably associated with cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy. ]

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[Five cases of operated atrial tumors]


[Between November 1986. and June 1989. five patients underwent excision of an atrial tumour. Two of the patients had previous peripheral embolization, two had cardiac symptoms and one was symptomless. All the tumours were demonstrated by means of echocardiography and in four cases by angiocardiography as well. Four of them were left atrial tumors and one in the right atrium. The tumors were succesfully removed in all patients: in three cases by shaving them from the endocardium, in one case by excising a portion of atrial septum and in one case with a margin of normal atrial wall. Histological examination showed thrombus in one case. All patients survived operation and left hospital in good conditions. During the follow up there were no cardiac complication or local recurrence.]

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[Hypothesis of natural birth]


[It's supposed by the author that there exists a natural birth. According to his assumption in every woman's subconscionsness there is the code of the natural birth's behaviour (CODE), which can be spontaneously mobilized in the gravid woman. Putting into practice whichever way for the preparation of the birth, this mobilization can be advanced and in this way the child-bearing women's behaving repertory during their birth is increasing and it's drawing near to the equivalent of its own code. This may be the explication of the success and result of the alternative obstetrics end the preparing programs for the different births. The psychological explanation of the theory is given on the basis of C. G. Jung's activity.]

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[Report on gastroenterological endoscopic activity in Hungary in 1989]

NAGY György, JUHÁSZ László

[The Endoscopic Section of the Hungarian Gastroenterological Society, under the leadership of Professor Wittmann, published an annual report on the status and development of endoscopy of the digestive organs in Hungary from 1975. In 1976, the report reported 27453 examinations performed at 75 endoscopic workplaces with 163 instruments. The 1987 survey already included 139496 examinations (36623 in Budapest, 102873 in the countryside) performed at 117 workplaces (37 in Budapest, 80 in the countryside) with 565 instruments (219 in Budapest, 346 in the countryside). In a statistical summary of 13 years, 968090 endoscopic examinations resulted in 389 (0.4 per thousand) complications, of which 71 (7 per 100,000) were fatal. The collection of study data was interrupted with the death of Professor Wittmann. ]

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