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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Today's Globe: cervical cancer test, chronic disease, W. Proctor Harvey

A relatively new screening test was about twice as accurate as the traditional Pap smear at spotting cervical cancer, according to the first rigorous study of the test in North America.

While the state's healthcare system is the best worldwide in helping acutely sick people, it is poorly organized to prevent chronic disease or to intervene early enough to prevent complications, Ranch Kimball, president and chief executive of Joslin Diabetes Center, writes on the op-ed page. He was Massachusetts secretary of economic development under Governor Mitt Romney.

W. Proctor Harvey, one of the nation's most respected cardiologists, died Sept. 26 from complications of a fall at his home in Richmond, Va. He was 89. Dr. Harvey had been a professor at Georgetown University since 1950 and was considered the nation's most skilled practitioner of auscultation, or the ability to detect cardiac ailments by listening to the sounds of the heart. He invented stethoscope models, his books have been standard texts for more than 50 years, and his patients included at least four presidents, as well as diplomats and members of Congress.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:59 AM
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