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    AFP 50 Years Ago

    MAC F. CAHAL, ROBERT GRAHAM

    This feature is part of a year-long series of excerpts and special commentaries celebrating AFP's 50th year of publication. Excerpts from the two 1950 volumes of GP, AFP's predecessor, appear along with highlights of 50 years of family medicine.

    Treatment of Prostatitis

    JAMES J. STEVERMER, SUSAN K. EASLEY

    Prostatitis encompasses a variety of conditions in which there is inflammation of the prostate gland. Many physicians find chronic prostatitis difficult to treat; therapy has been based primarily on case series and anecdotal experience.

    Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Update for Primary Care

    DONALD S. FONG

    Laser photocoagulation and photodynamic therapy are effective in treating only certain forms of exudative age-related macular degeneration. Vision rehabilitation can help patients maximize remaining vision and adapt to perform activities of daily living.

    Combination Antihypertensive Drugs: Recommendations for Use

    NEIL S. SKOLNIK, JONATHAN D. BECK, MATHEW CLARK

    Single-dose combination antihypertensive drug therapy is an important option in the management of hypertension. This treatment effectively reduces blood pressure, with the added benefits of a low side effect profile and convenient once-daily dosing.

    Evaluation of Physical Abuse in Children

    DAVID M. PRESSEL

    Anyone involved in the care of children is likely to see children who have been physically abused. The physician who suspects abuse in a patient is confronted with special challenges.

    Evaluation of Pregnant Women Exposed to Respiratory Viruses

    JOHN W. ELY, JEROME YANKOWITZ, NOELLE C. BOWDLER

    Because prenatal patients may be exposed to a variety of respiratory viral infections, physicians should be aware of the possible consequences to the fetus.

    The Painful Shoulder: Part I. Clinical Evaluation

    THOMAS W. WOODWARD, THOMAS M. BEST

    Shoulder pain is second only to knee pain in musculoskeletal injuries and complaints in family practice. A clinical evaluation involves a thorough inspection, palpation, range of motion and provocative testing, and a sensorimotor examination.

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrophic Vaginitis

    GLORIA A. BACHMANN, NICOLE S. NEVADUNSKY

    Atrophic changes cause symptoms in the urogenital tract in almost one half of postmenopausal women. These changes result in vaginal symptoms such as vaginitis and dyspareunia and urinary symptoms, including urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence, as well as an increased...

    Inside AFP

    EVPs and Publishers: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

    Janis Wright

    In this issue, we continue the celebration of AFP's 50th anniversary with a special contribution for the “ AFP 50 Years Ago” series from AAFP executive vice president Robert Graham, M.D. (see page 2941). This piece opens with excerpts from an annual report to the 1950 AAFP...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Newsletter

    Rosemarie Sweeney, Verna L. Rose

    The Office of Research on Minority Health (ORMH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a new Web site to offer the public and scientific community information about the NIH Minority Health Initiative (MHI). This multiyear program supports biomedical and...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Jessica Greene

    Moving in with Grandma may not be the best answer, reports the Gerontological Society of America. A reported 3.9 million children were being raised by their grandparents in 1997, which has led to concerns about the effects of surrogate parenting on grandparents. A recent...

    Editorials

    Combination Antihypertensive Drug Therapy: A Therapeutic Option Long Overdue

    JOHN M. FLACK, KAREN BLEDSOE

    Combination antihypertensive drug therapy has long been an infrequently exercised therapeutic option in the difficult battle to achieve target blood pressure levels. In this issue of American Family Physician, Skolnik and colleagues1 present a timely discussion on the many...

    Child Abuse: The Physician's Role in Alleviating a Growing Problem

    KIM BULLOCK

    Child abuse and neglect are prevalent in American society. In many cases, the abuse is perpetuated generationally.1 Child maltreatment, abuse and victimization refer to the intentional assault of a child by a caretaker. This definition has been expanded to cover any action...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    A young woman recently visited WLL in the office. The patient was covered from head to toe in an amazing rash. Itchy pustules coated even the soles of her feet and the palms of her hands. She was obviously miserable. The rash had been present for less than 36 hours and looked...

    Conference Highlights

    Conference Highlights

    Matthew Neff

    (85th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America) The use of hypnotic relaxation techniques before some medical procedures reduced patients' anxiety and pain during the procedures, decreased procedure time and cost, and, in nearly one...

    Tips from Other Journals

    Efficacy of Lithium in Patients with Bipolar Disorder

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Hypericum in the Treatment of Patients with Depression

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Retrieving Salivary Calculi Using a Basket Extractor

    BARBARA APGAR

    Are Ear Temperatures Reliable in Elderly Patients?

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Efficacy of Oral Therapy on PID in HIV-Infected Women

    BARBARA APGAR

    Poor Results with Nicotine Patch Therapy in Adolescent Smokers

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Caregiving as a Risk Factor in Mortality

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Stroke

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Role of Statins in Management of Atherosclerosis

    KARL E. MILLER

    Predicting Poor Outcomes in Low-Risk Mothers

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Problem-Solving Sessions in Patients with Depression

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Does a Wood's Lamp Effectively Detect Semen?

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Assessing and Managing Sexual Problems in Men

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Thalamic Implants in Patients with Refractory Tremor

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Evaluating Treatments for Hypercholesterolemia

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Comparison of Therapies for Hirsutism in Women

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Can Vaginal Lactobacilli Reduce the Risk of STDs?

    KARL E. MILLER

    Do ACE Inhibitors Provide Protection for Diabetics?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Baclofen and Esophageal Reflux in Healthy Persons

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Diuretics and Beta Blockers Safe to Use for Dyslipidemia

    JIM NUOVO

    Follow-Up and Treatment of Idiopathic Pericardial Effusion

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Methods of Preventing Ankle Sprains in Athletes

    BARBARA APGAR

    Family Practice International

    Family Practice International

    Anne D. Walling

    (Great Britain—The Practitioner, February 2000, p. 70.) In patients with otosclerosis, recurrent phases of bone formation and resorption in the ear result in otosclerotic fixation of the stapes in the oval window. The condition is hereditary and usually occurs in persons in...

    Practice Guidelines

    Clinical Review of Recent Findings on the Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression

    Monica Preboth

    In response to the widespread problem of depression in the United States, the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association (AMA) has conducted a clinical review on the diagnosis and management of depression. The review appears in the September 1999 issue...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Monica Preboth

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a hazard controls document (HC 29) on the control of nitrous oxide gas during cryosurgery. Studies have shown that airborne concentrations of...

    Letters to the Editor

    Lowering the Age for Influenza Vaccination

    Genetic Testing

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Prostatitis: What It Is, How to Cure It

    Prostatitis is common and affects many men at some time. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. When part of your body is inflamed, it is red, hot and sore. Prostatitis can cause many symptoms. It can make it difficult or painful to urinate. It can make you...

    Respiratory Infections During Pregnancy

    A respiratory viral infection is a contagious illness that can affect your respiratory tract (breathing) and cause other symptoms. The flu and the common cold are examples of respiratory viral infections. Other examples of respiratory viruses are:

    Corrections

    Correction

    An item in “Tips from Other Journals,” entitled “Overview of Methods for Treating Allergic Rhinitis” (January 1, 2000, page 207), contained dosage errors in the accompanying table on second-generation antihistamines. The dosage approved by the U.S. Food and Drug...



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