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The ultimate judge of the value of a technological advance is the patient. The patient's evaluation of the cochlear implant is one way of judging its effects. A second method is from observations of the patient made by an individual in close relationship, ie, an "index relative." In order to determine implant effects as experienced by both patient and(More)
Loss and body image can result in anxiety, depression, or both and can affect a patient's adaptive capacity to accept edentulism and complete dentures. A specific classification system has been presented to identify responses by individuals who are made edentulous. Three types of maladaptive responses are considered as probable consequences of fear,(More)
Selection of suitable candidates for an implant was a central issue in planning clinical trials. Psychological techniques were included, the purpose being to screen out individuals who, on an a priori basis, we considered cognitively and/or emotionally inappropriate. Psychological measures were further used to assess the effect of the implant on those(More)
The efficacy of nafcillin and gentamicin used alone and in combination at doses giving serum concentrations comparable to those achieved in patients was studied in rabbits with experimental Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis. The organism used was a penicillinase-producing, methicillin-susceptible, clinical isolate. The addition of gentamicin to nafcillin(More)