A rare coronary anomaly consisting of a single right coronary ostium in an adult undergoing surgical coronary revascularisation

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A case report and review of the literature by Edvin Prifti, Fadil Ademaj, Klodian Krakulli, Edlira Rruci, Merita Zeka and Aurel Demiraj Background Coronary arteries originating from a single coronary ostium are very rare1, occurring in less than 0.02 to 0.06 % of the general population.2 Classifications have evolved as different anatomical variations were reported […]

Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging findings of intraorbital granular cell tumour (Abrikossoff’s tumour): A case report

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Background First described by Abrikossoff in 1926 as a myoblastoma1, granular cell tumors (GCTs), are rare neoplasms. Although GCTs can occur in any body part, the orbits are rarely affected.1,2 Most GCTs are benign, yet malignant forms have been sporadically reported. Only 10 to 15 % of GCTs are multicentric.3 On histology, GCT cells feature […]

Topiramate-induced severe heatstroke in an adult patient – A case report

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Introduction Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition defined by failure of heat load dissipation, resulting in a core temperature higher that 40 °C (104 °F) associated with neurological dysfunction, ranging from mild altered mental status to coma.1 Mortality is high among patients presenting to the hospital. Two types can be distinguished, exertional and classical heatstroke. Exertional […]

The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe

The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe by Robert Klitzman Published by: Oxford University Press Research on human beings saves countless lives, but has at times harmed the participants. To what degree then should government regulate science, and how? The horrors of Nazi concentration camp experiments and the egregious Tuskegee syphilis study […]

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh Published by: Thomas Dunne Books What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the […]

Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy by Matthew Smith Published by: Columbia University Press To some, food allergies seem like fabricated cries for attention. For others, they pose a dangerous health threat. Food allergies are bound up with so many personal and ideological concerns that it is difficult to determine what is medical […]

Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong Published by: Penguin Books Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades, the most hostile of the world’s environments had all been conquered. […]

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee Published by: Scribner   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer, from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, […]

Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio

by Gareth Williams Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Polio became one of the iconic diseases of the 20th century because of its horrific impact on victims and society. Until effective vaccines were introduced, there was no protection against the infection, which could break into any home and paralyse or kill a previously healthy child. During the […]

Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong Published by: Penguin Books Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades, the most hostile of the world’s environments had all been conquered. […]

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