On page 486, Juvekar and Juvekar from KJ Somaiya Medical College and Hospital report their experience on ‘Comparative Study of Endotracheal intubation and tracheostomy in emergencies’. It is interesting to see that the results with tracheostomy were better than endotracheal tube. It will be interesting to have some more Indian references on this subject.
P Agarwal et al from BYL Nair Hospital on page 489, report ‘Surgical treatment for abdominal tuberculosis. The fact that they operated on 31 out of 50 cases admitted for abdominal tuberculosis does not mean that the majority of the patients of abdominal tuberculosis need surgical treatment. It is possible that the patients which were referred to their surgical unit were already declared unfit for medical treatment by the Doctors. However the series of 50 cases is a very large series and they should be complimented for this presentation.
Till now we are not sure of the aetiology of gallstones. More so in a big country like ours where the same aetiology is unlikely in all parts of the country. On page 494, V Jayanthi et al from Tamil Nadu should be complimented for taking a lead in finding the causes of pigment gallstones in South India. Their findings should stimulate others in different parts of our country.
On page 503, K Shakthi Kumar et al from KJ Hospital, Chennai present an interesting investigation on experience with technetium 99 M Sestamibi scintimammography in evaluating breast lesions. In future, the diagnosis of breast lesions is likely to become easier.
Dhar from Bombay Hospital on page 505, has gone one step further in medicine and discussed about the research on meditation. All over the world alternative medicine and complimentary medicine are being included in allopathic practice. Therefore, Dhar should be complimented for taking lead in this subject which is neglected in the West.
On page 525, Anjali Amarapurkar from TN Medical College discusses the role of a histopathologist in liver transplantation. After reading the article anyone will be convinced that if liver transplantation has to be a success a good histopathologist has to be included in the team.
On page 537, Dalal and Vyas from Tata Memorial Hospital discuss the indications of diagnostic bronchoscopy. The article is worth reading because their experience comes from a cancer hospital and is bound to be very educative.
On page 560, Shah and Shah from HN Hospital report on ‘how to differentiate alcoholic hepatitis from alcoholic cirrhosis’. This subject is of extreme importance to all private practitioners because the long term prognosis is absolutely different in these two illnesses.
On page 567, Dharm Raj Singh and Sagade from Hinduja Hospital present a very interesting case report of doing renal autotransplantation in patient having a complex ureteral stricture and should be complimented for the same for two such case reports.
Finally Deepak Amarapurkar et al on page 571 and page 574 present a very interesting case report of patients having primary tuberculosis of the oesophagus and biliary tuberculosis.
On page 578, S Galwankar et al from Hinduja Hospital present a very interesting case report on ‘Tubercular lymphadenitis with post streptococcal glomerulonephritis-A diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma’. This article should be read with interest because in our country the incidence of renal tuberculosis is also very high.
Primary biliary cirrhosis is a very rare illness. On page 582, Deepak Amarapurkar from Bombay Hospital and Jagjivanram Western Railway Hospital present their experiences on six such cases which is a very large series worth reading.
On page 586, S Singh et al from KJ Hospital, Chennai have presented a very good case history of a rare Klippel Feil syndrome which they picked up in a six year old boy.