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Samples of saliva (4 in 24 hours), collected at monthly intervals for the first 6 months of life in 8 term infants by their mothers, were analysed for cortisol by radioimmunoassay. Values in the first month were more variable, daily mean values were greater, and amplitudes of variation were greater than in subsequent months. The circadian rhythm appeared by… (More)
An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) was introduced at the end of the fourth year undergraduate paediatric training. We have compared the results obtained with those of our traditional method of assessment. We feel that the OSCE is a valid and reliable assessment; it provided good feedback and was well received by the students.