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This study of psychiatric illness among 4098 patients attending 91 general practitioners compares 2 methods of case identification: 'conspicuous morbidity' by the doctor's own assessments, and 'probable prevalence' by the patients' responses to the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). In general, the latter gives somewhat higher estimates than the former,… (More)
BACKGROUND Psychosis is a common presenting feature in antibody-mediated encephalitis, for which prompt recognition and treatment usually leads to remission. We aimed to investigate whether people with circumscribed schizophrenia-like illnesses have such antibodies-especially antibodies against the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-more commonly than do… (More)
We report a successfully treated case of severe thallium intoxication that required 95 days of assisted ventilation and 224 days of hospitalization. Monitoring of the patient for 500 days by measuring thallium in whole blood, serum, and urine is documented, and the role of the laboratory and utility of the measurements are considered.
The literature on benzodiazepine dependence is reviewed and analysed. Factors that lead to a higher risk of dependence include the duration of treatment, the dosage and dependence on other substances. The risk of dependence during therapeutic use of benzodiazepines is assessed, place in clinical context and methods for reducing withdrawal manifestations… (More)