May 6, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contradicting a popular theory that a sexually transmitted disease debilitated the former Soviet Union leader, a UCLA neurologist said Friday. Dr. Harry Vinters and Russian historian Lev Lurie reviewed Lenin's records Friday for an annual University of Maryland School of Medicine conference that examines the death of famous figures. The conference is held yearly at the school, where researchers in the past have reexamined the diagnoses of figures including King Tut, Christopher Columbus, Simon Bolivar, and Abraham Lincoln.
December 16, 2001 |
Despite her infirmities, Raymond Smith's 83-year-old mother lives alone in her Ardmore, Montgomery County, home by choice. Smith, her only son, and his wife are the only points of contact for her medical history and prescriptions. Four years ago, Smith, 54, of Wynnewood, had to rush his mother to a local emergency room, only to find he could not remember all of her medications, which total about 12. The incident shook him, and he decided there had to be a better way to relay information to doctors.
July 7, 1989 |
The operating table is hard and the light is dim, and a couple hundred people are waiting for the show to begin. You're lying there and the surgeon asks: What will you have to dull the pain? Rum? This opium preparation? Or just a mallet tap to the head? Oh, the pain. You must imagine these details of early surgery as you look about the circular surgical amphitheater at Pennsylvania Hospital - the oldest in North America. It is quiet today, a shrine to developing surgical skills and unspeakable pain.
June 17, 1999 |
Until the 20th century, medicine was part pain relief and part fumbling experimentation, neither of which did much to cure the patient. A case in point was the trephine, a device used until the 19th century to vanquish migraine headaches. The trephine resembled a carpenter's bit and worked its magic by drilling into the skull to alleviate pressure. That was the theory, anyway, said pharmacist Alan Vogenberg, whose little black bag is actually a weathered, Civil War-era satchel containing a host of obsolete medicines, medical texts and tools.
July 24, 2006 |
Lewis Ballew has diabetes and is waiting for a heart transplant. He tried keeping track of his complicated 10-year medical history on computer spreadsheets and lists, but he never had all his health information in one place. Neither did his doctors - cardiology test results, glucose levels and prescriptions could be spread across several floors of the hospital - until now. Ballew now uses Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's computer software to put all his health data on his home computer.
June 30, 2006 |
John Legieko, a beloved ambulance driver and volunteer firefighter who often donned a Sparky the Fire Dog costume for schoolchildren, lived to help others, his parents and colleagues said. His sudden death at age 19 almost four years ago continued that legacy when three people received his organ donations. Yesterday, on the ninth day of a medical malpractice trial, Chester County Court Judge William P. Mahon dismissed the jury that had been listening to complex, often contradictory testimony about Legieko's final hours at Brandywine Hospital on Sept.
January 10, 2000 |
The books are hardly household names. But for buffs of medical history, the stacks at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia top any best-seller list. Hundreds of scholars from around the world come each year to peer into the collection, which contains such works as William Harvey's 1628 book on blood circulation, De motu cordis, and a 1738 health advisory printed by Benjamin Franklin warning about the toxic levels of lead in Jamaican rum. The College of Physicians, the nation's oldest medical society, is counting on this past to ensure a vital future.
March 13, 2012 |
Kathryn Segesser says she believes the current thinking about eating disorders may be wrong. Segesser suspects that for centuries, anorexia and bulimia have afflicted both men and women. She would like to challenge the popular theory that blames modern cultural pressures and unrealistic images of beauty projected by lollipop-thin models. "I'm trying to see if, in the 18th century, people understood that there was some psychological reason that people decided not to eat," Segesser said.
March 6, 1990 |
After leading the nation in scoring and rebounding last season as a junior, Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers considered skipping his senior season and entering the NBA draft. Had Gathers done so, he would have undergone the extensive predraft medical examinations performed on all top NBA prospects. But, an NBA team physician said yesterday, it's doubtful the tests would have revealed the heart defect that led to the 23-year-old Gathers's death Sunday night. Los Angeles Clippers physician Dr. Tony Daly said all NBA prospects are given a complete physical before the draft.
April 9, 1992 |
The man who killed himself by lying in the path of a speeding SEPTA train in Chester County Tuesday night was a Veterans Administration Medical Center psychiatric patient on a restricted one-hour pass issued more than six hours prior to the incident, according to a VA source. The source, who asked to not be identified and who is familiar with the medical history of the dead man, identified as John Thomas Marzak Jr., 32, said Marzak had attempted suicide before. Marzak, who entered the hospital in Coatesville in 1989, was known to be despondent over a troubled romance with a fellow patient, according to the source.