Preparticipation screening of athletes
Physicians need to improve the preparticipation examination (PPE) that all athletes are required to pass before participating in competitions. The purpose of the PPE is to detect medical conditions that place the athlete at risk of injuries. One of these is a heart condition that could cause sudden cardiac death. However, surveys of high schools have found that many do not have adequate PPEs. A detailed medical history may be more cost-effective than a physical exam. Physicians in the Sports Medicine division at Stanford University have created a medical history form that can be downloaded from the Internet.
Publication Name: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
The case for legalization of drugs
The legalization of drugs needs to be seriously assessed, especially in the light of a popular perception that the national drug policy has failed. The national policy of a war on drugs has led to the imprisonment, oftentimes illegally, of a number of poor young black and Latino men and women. It has also cost the government billions of dollars in law enforcement, which could have been allocated for social services that would uplift the plight of Americans. Moreover, it will eradicate drug trafficking and organized crime.
Publication Name: Journal of Community Health
- Abstracts: Neonaticide and hysterical denial of pregnancy. Termination of pregnancy: revision notes. The perils of adolescent pregnancy
- Abstracts: Broadening the scope of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Broadening the market for health care. Stroke rehabilitation
- Abstracts: A clean sheet. The bronzer cheat sheet. Licking the platter clean