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February 20, 2001 / le 20 février 2001

CMAJ  2001; 164(4)
Highlights of this issue
•  Editorial
•  Letters
•  Research
•  Commentary
•  Review
•  The Left Atrium
•  News
•  Deaths
•  Heart & Soul
Calling for ban on use of asbestos
Asbestos has been the subject of debate in occupational health and environmental circles for several decades. In this issue, the Collegium Ramazzini calls for a ban on all mining and use of asbestos (page 489). Michel Camus (page 491) and Jack Siemiatycki (page 495) see things differently.

  Editorial • Éditorial
453 A ban on asbestos: Is now the time?
455 Interdiction de l'amiante : Le moment est-il venu?

461 Letters • Correspondance
Instructions to correspondents

  Research • Recherche
469 Preventive health care, 2001 update: screening mammography among women aged 40–49 years at average risk of breast cancer
J. Ringash, with the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Le point sur les soins de santé préventifs en l'an 2001 : le dépistage du cancer du sein au moyen de la mammographie chez les femmes de 40 à 49 ans exposées à un risque moyen
J. Ringash et le Groupe d'étude canadien sur les soins de santé préventifs
479 Physicians' prevention practices and incidence of neonatal group B streptococcal disease in 2 Canadian regions
H.D. Davies, C.E. Adair, A. Schuchat, D.E. Low, R.S. Sauve, A. McGeer, the Alberta Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Network and the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Diseases Network

  Commentary • Commentaire
489 A call for an international ban on asbestos
J. LaDou, P. Landrigan, J.C. Bailar III, V. Foa, A. Frank, on behalf of the Collegium Ramazzini
491 A ban on asbestos must be based on a comparative risk assessment
M. Camus
495 Should Canadian health care professionals support the call for a worldwide ban on asbestos?
J. Siemiatycki
498 Screening mammography for women aged 40–49: Are we off the fence yet?
M.B. Barton

  Review • Synthèse
503 Environment and health: 9. The science of risk assessment
J.C. Bailar III, A.J. Bailer
509 Bioethics for clinicians: 23. Disclosure of medical error
P.C. Hébert, A.V. Levin, G. Robertson
517 The management of hypertension in Canada: a review of current guidelines, their shortcomings and implications for the future
F.A. McAlister, N.R.C. Campbell, K. Zarnke, M. Levine, I.D. Graham

527 The Left Atrium • De l'Oreille Gauche [HTML]
  • Good people in bad systems (book review by D.J. Doyle) [PDF]
  • The pharmaceutical art of Colleen Wolstenholme (review by D. Moulton) [PDF]
  • Office visit (by Emily Carr) [PDF]
  • M. Clarfield takes his gas mask to the mall [PDF]
  • D. Francis digs up some dirt on a grave subject [PDF]

531 News • Nouvelles
  • Making the difficult leap from academic to clinical ethics [HTML / PDF]
  • Doctors asked to take pledge to shun drug company freebies [HTML / PDF]
  • Pulse: Canada ranks near top in health spending: OECD [HTML / PDF]
  • Private PET-scanning clinic opens in Vancouver [HTML / PDF]
  • Cigarettes leave you breathless [HTML / PDF]
  • Asbestos manufacturers dodge litigation [HTML / PDF]
  • Angry medical examiners withdraw services in Manitoba [HTML / PDF]
  • Crackdown on hospital incinerators coming soon [HTML / PDF]
  • "Viagra" finds ready market in China [HTML / PDF]
  • CMAJ no longer just a Canadian journal, eCMAJ survey indicates [HTML / PDF]
  • Saskatoon firm wins country's first contract to cultivate medical marijuana [HTML / PDF]
  • The epidemiology of murder: UK physician responsible for 345 deaths? [HTML / PDF]
  • On the Net: A cornucopia of medical images on the Net [HTML / PDF]
  • Participation "pathetic" in hospital-based energy-saving program [HTML / PDF]
  • Clinical Update: No link between cellular-phone use and brain tumours? [HTML / PDF]
  • Public Health: Botulism in Canada [HTML / PDF]

607 Deaths • Nécrologie

Heart & Soul • Gens de cœur
608 Cross-border medicine
D. Moulton

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