Lege Artis Medicinae

[New ways forward in hospital cost-performance planning]

HEVES István1

AUGUST 31, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(08)

[In recent years, there have been significant changes in the internal and external environment, which have affected hospitals on a wide scale and at several points simultaneously. Adapting to the environment and responding to its challenges has become a fundamental task. If reference is made to the theoretically accepted process that environmental change must lead to strategic change and then to the creation of an organisation adapted to the objectives set out in this change, then a fundamental prerequisite is to map the environment thoroughly, to monitor changes and to assess possible trends. ]

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[While the number of deaths from cervical cancer of women over the age of 45, has fallen in the recent years the mortality in women under the age of 35 has increased. The reason for this change is not clear. A large number of analytical studies tried to identify the risk factors for cervical cancer (age, marital status, time of first intercourse, number of sexual partners, coital frequencies, circumcision of partners, menstrual patterns, gravidity, type of contraception, smoking, viral infection, socioeconomic circumstances) but the real con nection between the disease and the varions risk factors remained unclear. The results of these studies suggest that, the 'one hit one tumor' hypothesis can't be proven, and it seems more appropriate to cousider a complex effect of these etiologic factors acting on the altered immunologic status of the cervix uteri. We tried to concentrate on one out of these factors from the literature which may play a cardinal role in the development of CIN or invasive cervix cancer. It is evident from the literature that the macrophages present in the cervix tissue in CIN, or infiltrating the tumor tissue in invasive cancer, could influence either the development of cervical cancer or the prognosis of the disease. It has long been known that in the cervical tissue there are a specific type of dentric cells taking part in the antigen presentation process. The examination of behavior, distribution and activity of these so – called Langerhans cells due to the exogen effect in the cervical tissue may be a which contributes to the understanding of the process leading to the development of CIN. ]

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[Hungarian professional periodicals started quite late in European context. Their publish­ing, editing and editorial philosophy were equally influenced by specific historical and political situations. Certain breaking points of history resulted in termina­tion of professional journals (War of In­de­pendence 1848-1849, First and Se­cond World Wars), however there were pe­riods, which instigated the progress of sciences and founding of new scientific journals. Both trends were apparent in years after the fall of former Hungarian regime in 1990. The structure of book and journal publishing has changed substantially, some publishers fell “victim” others started successfully as well. The latters include the then-established publishing house Literatura Medica and its own scientific journal, Lege Artis Me­di­cinae (according to its subtitle: New Hun­garian Medical Herald) issued first in 1990. Its appearance enhanced significantly the medical press market. Its scientific publications compete with articles of the well-established domestic medical journals however its philosophy set brand-new trends on the market. Concerning the medical community, it takes on its problems and provides a forum for them. These problems are emerging questions in health care, economy and prevention, in close interrelation with system of public health institutions, infrastructure and situation of those providing individual health services. In all of them, Lege Artis Medicinae follows consequently the ideas of traditional social medicine.]