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Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 45 – 84 (2004)

For this year’s spring meeting, the Society for Acute Medicine took us to Bournemouth on the sunny south coast of England. The Marsham Court Hotel served as an excellent venue for this, the ninth

Summary Following the establishment of a medical review clinic in an Emergency Assessment Area (EAA) the reasons for and the appropriateness of referral of patients after initial visit were prospectively

Abstract Some patients with COPD ‘retain CO2’ when given high concentration or uncontrolled oxygen therapy. The mechanism for this, and why it occurs in only some patients, is unclear. The pathogenesis

Abstract With increasing awareness, earlier diagnosis, and aggressive use of anti-retroviral therapy, more people with HIV are living longer so that the average survival time from diagnosis is now significantly

Abstract Tuberculosis is increasing world-wide and also in England and Wales, where there are marked geographical and ethnic variations. Acute physicians should be aware of this, and also of the variable

Abstract Over the last decade, new protein-conjugate vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C (MenC) have had a dramatic effect on the epidemiology

Abstract Hypoglycaemia is a common condition, which may easily be missed due to the variation in clinical presentation in patients with or without diabetes. The most common cause is related to the treatment…

Over the past three years it has become apparent to me that referring to ‘current affairs’ in these columns can be a mistake, serving only to highlight inevitable printing delays. By the time this