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A Schistosoma mansoni cercarial antigen preparation (cercarial transformation fluid--SmCTF) was evaluated for detection of anti-schistosome antibodies in human sera in 4 collaborating laboratories. The performance of SmCTF was compared with that of S. mansoni egg antigens (SmSEA) in an indirect enzyme-immunoassay (ELISA) antigen assay, the latter being used(More)
The objective was to evaluate the performance of Becton Dickinson's BD Probe Tec(TM) (BDPT) strand displacement amplification (SDA) test for the detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae on urethral specimens from men with urethritis compared with conventional culture and to show that SDA improves the diagnostic yield of gonorrhoea infections (GC). Anonymized(More)
In the developed world, comprehensive services for disabled patients are usually well established for children and elderly people. Services for rehabilitation of middle-aged patients generally consist of specific treatment facilities, such as for physiotherapy. On the other hand, a range of services of psychiatric patients is now established, with a model(More)
  • C Aitken
  • 1984
The pathogenesis of psychosomatic distress is considered. This emphasises interest in aetiology of distress rather than solely of disease. The influence of psychological aspects is as important whether the disease is of known or unknown aetiology, and can be of greater importance in poorer socio-economic circumstances. The doctor's role is to tease out the(More)
  • C Aitken
  • 1987
It used to be fashionable to begin consideration of psychosomatics about philosophy of mind and body. Nowadays it is a topic about health and practical care of patients--principally about the psychological aspects of any illness. Pathogenesis is becoming understood with some risk factors clearly identifiable. The high incidence of symptoms attributable to(More)
  • C Aitken, E Cay
  • 1975
Psychosomatic medicine embrances the influence of psychological factors on the development and course of diverse physical symptoms. Reasons are given why it is recognized that physical morbidity is influenced by such factors, with illustrations from the authors' research on acute ischemic heart disease, peptic ulcer and bronchial asthma. The nature of the(More)