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Highlights from ACP Internist and
ACP Hospitalist

ACP Internist (formerly ACP Observer) July/August 2010

  • Rheumatoid arthritis hurts the whole body
    Taking care of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis involves a partnership between internists and subspecialists, agree physicians managing cardiovascular risks, cancer or infections.
  • Doctors debate the ethics of assisted suicide
    The medical community and the world at large are looking at how physician-assisted suicide is playing out in Washington, Oregon and Montana. Are these states a bellwether or a death knell for legalizing the issue elsewhere? And how should physicians respond when presented with such requests from their patients?
  • Attribution error confounds a diagnosis after colon cancer
    A rapid deterioration in mental status confounds doctors caring for a colon cancer patient admitted to the hospital for nausea and vomiting. An internist reviews the patient's history for the clue to the right diagnosis.

ACP Hospitalist June 2010

  • Searching for weapons in the war on MRSA
    A decade ago, vancomycin was considered a reasonably effective treatment for MRSA, but times have changed.
  • King of the HAI hill
    Diagnosing and managing Clostridium difficile.
  • Better endings are possible
    Experts offer advice on improving palliative care.
  • The rise of the neurohospitalist
    Neurologists who specialize in inpatient work are finding their skills in high demand. A shortage of community neurologists willing to take call and a rapid expansion in treatments for complex neurological conditions over the past decade are helping to drive the trend.

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