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Minerva Minerva


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:134

Minerva publishes a lot of radiological images—many of them the right way up—but the radiologist who interpreted the image is rarely mentioned. Two practitioners from Edinburgh write that radiologists were acknowledged in only 7 out of 78 “radiological” cases published on this page over the past four years, and they urge their specialist colleagues (especially ear, nose, and throat surgeons) to give credit where it's due. They also say that radiologists in general should shout louder about their important role in patient care.

Cardiac surgeons have been performing heart transplant operations for 30 years, and patients' survival prospects continue to improve. In one German centre nearly 50% of patients survive for at least 10 years after surgery and most of those have good exercise tolerance (Heart 1999;82:47-51). Cancer is one of the biggest threats to patients who have any solid organ transplant. A quarter of the patients in this series had at least one malignancy during follow up.

Patients who survive a bone marrow transplant for leukaemia also have a good chance of long term survival, although their mortality remains much higher than that in a comparable normal population (New England Journal of Medicine 1999;341:14-21). In a cohort study …

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