For 100 years, repressed memories have remained an enigma and a defining point of conflict between various psychological disciplines. Since repressed memories are not readily available for conscious recall, the scientific proof of their existence remains elusive. At the present time, the only way to authenticate the existence of repressed memories is by a case report that documents the reality of the repressed event and then its recall after a period of amnesia. In the following case report, a subject on trial for murder had repressed the events surrounding the crime.
The story of a fatal hypnotic séance in a castle in provincial Hungary in 1894 was sensationalised by the media and propelled across national and social boundaries within a few days. It stirred public feelings and compelled prestigious medical mandarins, legal professionals and social commentators of the day to express wide-ranging views concerning hypnotic practice.
The association between severe malaria and Plasmodium vivax species is contentious. On the Thai-Myanmar border, all pregnant women are followed systematically with active weekly malaria screening. Over a 27-year period of providing antenatal care, 48,983 have been prospectively followed until pregnancy outcome (miscarriage or delivery) and 4,298 women have had P. vivax detected at least once. Reported here is the first known P. vivax-associated death amongst these women. The initial patient presentation was of uncomplicated P.
Religious beliefs and the use of complementary and alternative medicine can help or hinder health care and the well being of children, who are often unable to make informed decisions for themselves, but instead, depend on their parents or caregivers to make health care decisions for them. Tragically, this can sometimes result in prolonged suffering and death when parents or caregivers refuse treatment due to their own personal beliefs.
On November 21, 2012, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health documented the first case and death from primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in the territory. PAM, a rare and almost universally fatal condition, results when Naegleria fowleri, a free-living thermophilic ameba found in warm freshwater, enters the nose and migrates to the brain.
Circulatory effects of cardiopulmonary resuscitation with active compression-decompression (CPR-ACD) are superior to the conventional technique. Decompression, thoracic expansion and a corresponding suction effect obviously improves cardiac preload. Due to significant or unphysiological thoracic expansion, thorax, diaphragma, and epigastrium are exposed to considerable traction powers. In a patient with fulminant pulmonary embolism, conventional cardiac massage and ACD were maintained during 65 minutes with simultaneous systemic thrombolytic therapy.
OBJECTIVE: Baseball injuries account for a significant number of sports-related fatalities in children. We present a case of a 12-year-old male who died after being struck in the chest by a high velocity baseball propelled from a pitching machine. We examine the pathophysiology of blunt chest trauma, discuss possible explanations for the development of arrhythmias, review baseball-related fatalities, and suggest injury prevention strategies. DESIGN: A case report and review of the literature. SETTING: A pediatric emergency department (ED) in an urban, tertiary care, general hospital.
We report a case of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) developing after tympanoplasty. A 69-year-old woman underwent type III tympanoplasty for a middle ear cholesteatoma under general anesthesia. Operating time was 3 hours 27 minutes and anesthesia lasted 5 hours 9 minutes. The next morning, 14 hours 5 minutes after returning to the recovery room, the patient lost consciousness while getting out of bed. Although consciousness recovered transiently, she went into shock with cardiopulmonary arrest.
The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Treatment for individuals suffering from migraines and pain due to an inflammation or impingement of a nerve range from noninvasive methods such as massage, physical therapy, and medications to invasive methods such as epidural steroid injections and surgery. Each method of treatment has an associated level of risk. While minor to moderate complications from such procedures do occur, deaths are very rare. We report the first cited case of a death associated with the pain management procedure called nerve root block, also referred to as a transforaminal epidural steroid injection.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
OBJECTIVE: This report discusses a patient with a pathologic fracture of the C2 vertebra secondary to osteolytic metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. CLINICAL FEATURES: The patient was a 68-year-old man with a chief complaint of neck pain who was referred by his physician to a chiropractic office. The initial onset of neck pain began after a forceful sneeze that resulted in a sensation of "a twig snapping" in the neck. Radiographs revealed osteolytic destruction and pathologic fracture of the C2 spinous process.