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He leaves behind his equally proficient in designing and constructing wife buy panmycin 500mg on-line antibiotics for uti not penicillin, Valentina, his children Svetlana, Maria and innovative parts for the elaborate model train Alexander, and his three grandchildren. He preferred to spend most of any leisure time with his family, Irene (the former Miss Cootay of Hilo, Hawaii) and they were very close through- out their life together. Nevertheless, Verne was a member of many professional societies, which he chose to support in the scientific arena rather than in the committee structure. The major exception was The American Orthopedic Association, which he served as Vice-President in 1964. His boundless enthusiasm quickly captured his audi- ences, which had no difficulty in following his crystal-clear presentations. He was a superb cli- nician, but the needs of his patients seemed almost to be forgotten in his zeal to understand and relate to the patients the intricacies of their disabilities. As he often said, “Once I have arrived at the solution of a patient’s problem, I am content to relegate the implementation to others. Above all, he was Verne Thomson INMAN possessed by a consuming curiosity that led him 1905–1980 continually to ask questions and seek solutions, all the while maintaining a resolute scepticism Born in San Jose, California, in 1905, Dr. Inman, MD, PhD, the scientist, prob- and provided him an education at its university ably did more than any individual before him to campuses in Berkeley and San Francisco. The exact- Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 1957 to ness of his measurements established demanding 1970. His remarkable and respected for his erudite investigative studies, ability to simplify concepts and formulate princi- those who knew him closely remember him as a ples enabled him to see clearly what others often light-hearted, congenial, informal individual who saw dimly. On gradua- greeting for secretaries, nurses, students, profes- tion from college in 1928, he initiated his master’s sors, cooks, and administrators was always on a program as a medical student, and filed his thesis first-name basis. After phone by a consultative call from Washington, graduation from medical school in 1932, he D. All of the visitors to his laboratory human fetal cranium and appendicular skeleton in 157 Who’s Who in Orthopedics relation to sitting height was published in 1934. Howard Naffziger, was completed during his residency and published in 1938. From that time forward a continuous stream of substantive reports was added to the medical literature. Shortly after his classic report, “Observations on the Function of the Shoulder Joint,” appeared in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 1944, Dr. Inman was approached by the Committee on Prosthetic Devices of the National Research Council and urged to accept a federal grant for the purpose of improving artificial limbs.

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In a chapter devoted to ‘the smoking habit’ purchase 500 mg panmycin fast delivery do antibiotics for acne work, the second edition of the RCP report acknowledged discussion of ‘pharmacological dependence’ on nicotine (RCP 1971: 112) Though it suggested that this matter required further research, its general tone was dismissive: ‘evidence that the difficulty that many smokers find in giving up the habit is due to habituation to nicotine is scanty’ (RCP 1971:41). In the course of the 1960s and 1970s a wide range of programmes, using everything from behavioural and psychodynamic therapies to hypnotism and acupuncture, were established in the effort to encourage people to quit smoking. A review of these programmes in the USA in 1982 drew gloomy conclusions: 1 No one cessation technique or approach is clearly superior to any other; 2 Most people who join cessation programmes do not quit smoking; 110 THE EXPANSION OF HEALTH 3 Of those who do quit, most do not remain off cigarettes for any substantial period of time. In the course of the 1980s, the recognition of nicotine addiction allowed for the convergence of different forms of dependence in the concept of ‘substance abuse’, or in the less judgemental term increasingly favoured in medical circles, ‘substance misuse’. This provided a useful umbrella to cover not only alcohol, heroin and nicotine, but other illicit ‘substances’—such as cannabis, solvents, cocaine/crack, amphetamines, LSD and ecstasy, and others—which were in widespread use, but for which the evidence of ‘dependency’ was weak. Indeed they needed ‘nicotine replacement therapy’, a formulation paying richly ironic homage to the use of ‘hormone replacement therapy’ in post-menopausal women. A blood nicotine assay had become available for research purposes and nicotine chewing gum came on the market. In 1988 the US Surgeon-General’s report gave official approval to nicotine addiction as a condition requiring appropriate medical treatment (Berridge 1998). In Britain, however, some medical resistance to the concept of ‘nicotine replacement therapy’ was reflected in the decision not to make it available on prescription, either in the form of chewing gum or the more ‘medical’ skin patches. It was not until 1998 that an editorial in the BMJ called for ‘nicotine replacement therapy for a healthier nation’—and proposed that it should be made available on prescription (Smeeth, Fowler 1998). This demand was issued with the full authority of a Cochrane Library ‘systematic review’ of 47 trials involving more than 23,000 patients, claiming to demonstrate its efficacy (Silagy et al. However, patients in these trials were only followed up for 6–12 months, so whether the effect is sustained remains unknown—as does whether this approach would also be effective when extended to a wider, and inevitably less motivated population. Nevertheless the nicotine replacement bandwagon was on the roll, and, following the RCP’s enthusiastic endorsement, it seems set to allow the further medicalisation of individual behaviour. The roots of this movement, the subject of a penetrating study by John Steadman Rice, lie in the ‘Twelve Step’ recovery programme popularised by Alcoholics Anonymous (founded in Ohio in 1935, AA became widely established in the USA and internationally in the post-war period) (Steadman Rice 1998). Though groups concerned with the special problems of the spouses and families of alcoholics had long run in parallel with the mainstream AA meetings, in the 1980s there was a dramatic proliferation of such groups. They now rapidly expanded to include ‘survivors’ of other forms of victimisation (domestic violence, sexual abuse) and victims of other forms of addiction, such as gambling, shopping, sex. The central claim of this movement was that ‘co-dependency’ was a disease, an addiction, characterised by dependence on a pathological relationship with another person, a substance, or any ‘processes external to the individual’ (Steadman Rice 1998). Co-dependents are believed to experience ‘a pattern of painful dependence on compulsive behaviours and on approval from others in an attempt to find safety, self worth and identity’. As Steadman Rice observes, this is a concept of ‘virtually limitless applicability’ and it was not surprising to find it extending to cover, not only familiar bad habits, but even fads about novelties such as the internet, mobile phones and the National Lottery (all of which were linked with media scare stories about new forms of addiction in the late 1990s).

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