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1.  Consultation-liaison scheme for self-poisoned patients in a general hospital. 
British Medical Journal  1978;2(6149):1392-1394.
In a prospective clinical trial 276 self-poisoned patients consecutively admitted to hospital were randomly allocated to medical teams or to psychiatrists for an initial psychiatric assessment and a decision about "disposal." Junior doctors and nurses received instruction in this work. While awaiting the outcome of the trial the randomisation was continued for 13 months and 729 allocations were made altogether. Physicians requested psychiatric opinions for roughly one in five of their patients. In other respects medical teams performed similarly to psychiatrists. Provided that due attention is given to teaching junior staff and to ensuring that psychiatric treatment and social-work support are available once patients have been assessed, such a consultation-liaison scheme could be adopted in other hospitals. This would help to change unfavourable attitudes towards self-poisoned patients and contribute to the general training of doctors and nurses.
PMCID: PMC1608625  PMID: 719418
4.  Myometrial vascular damage after surgical sterilisation by tubal diathermy. 
Journal of Clinical Pathology  1978;31(7):633-638.
Vascular damage is described in the myometrium adjacent to areas of previous tubal diathermy for sterilisation. Elastosis, different in degree from that seen in the multiparous uterus, is most common, but more striking is medial arteriolar muscle loss with microaneurysm formation and occasional rupture.
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PMCID: PMC1145365  PMID: 670417
5.  Cutaneous vasculitis. 
In this paper the current concepts of cutaneous vasculitis are reviewed, with emphasis on clinical patterns, strict pathologic criteria and mechanisms of injury. A plea is made to classify vasculitis not as syndromes but (a) according to organ involvement (limited cutaneous or complicated multisystem), (b) by cause, (c) by pathologic description and (d) by anatomic depth and type of vessel involvement.
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PMCID: PMC1880353  PMID: 757382
6.  Caffeine inhibits excision of 7-bromomethylbenz (a) anthracene-DNA adducts from exponentially growing but not from stationary phase Chinese hamster cells. 
Nucleic Acids Research  1978;5(12):4795-4803.
Excision of 7-bromomethylbenz(a)anthracene (7-BMBA)-DNA adducts from exponentially growing cultures of Chinese hamster V79-379A cells followed logarithmic kinetics with a half of approximately 20 hrs. Post-treatment incubation in the presence of a sub-toxic concentration of caffeine markedly reduced this loss. Caffeine brought about a concomitant increase in overall DNA synthetic rate in treated exponential cultures. Excision in stationary, non-DNA-replicating cultures, was slower and caffeine did not affect this reduced rate of excision. These findings lend support to a previous proposition that the caffeine-induced inhibition of elongation of nascent DNA on a template containing chemical lesions results in an interference with the excision repair mechanism that removes these lesions.
PMCID: PMC342789  PMID: 745993

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