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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Will Physicians Stop Performing Physical Examinations?

In the 21st century, debate continues concerning the value of the physical examination.1, 2, 3, 4 That such a hallowed and respected ritual of clinical medicine should even be questioned is the result of the remarkable advances during the last 50 years in imaging technology and laboratory medicine. When I was a student and resident in the late 1960s […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Can a Toothpaste Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes?

My father was a busy and successful dentist in New Haven, Connecticut. One of my earliest memories is of sitting in one of his dental chairs and having my teeth inspected and cleaned. Many years later when I was about to start medical school, my father told me that in his practice, patients with poor […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

Statins and Diabetes: Wider Utilization Is Needed in Treatment and Prevention

  In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Hennekens et al1 address many cogent methodologic issues concerning whether there is a valid statistical association between statins and the development of diabetes. While they conclude that the current totality of evidence is insufficient to confirm a valid association, if such an association were present, the most plausible […]

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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

On Immigration: Welcome to America!

During the recent presidential campaign in the US, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, had a number of negative things to say about recent immigrants to the US. While I typically avoid political issues in my commentaries in The American Journal of Medicine, with this editorial, I would like to go on record as disagreeing with President […]

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Silent Atrial Fibrillation and Cryptogenic Strokes

A new suspected cause of cryptic strokes is “silent atrial fibrillation.” Pacemakers and other implanted devices allow continuous recording of cardiac rhythm for months or years. They have discovered that short periods of atrial fibrillation lasting minutes or hours are frequent and usually are asymptomatic. A meta-analysis of 50 studies involving more than 10,000 patients […]

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