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December 31, 1987 | ALAN W. GOLDMAN, Goldman is a free-lance writer in San Francisco
It was a court hearing rife with bombast, irrelevance and verbal meandering but leavened with family recipes, food lore and ethnic pride. At issue was the savory question: Chicken soup--is it really Jewish penicillin? The proceedings were held in courtroom No. 481 at San Francisco City Hall and were civil in a purely legal sense but not in tone, attitude or behavior. Although a certified court transcript was not made available to the press corps, this reasonably unflavored account follows.
October 19, 1987
A young man has a troublesome toenail worked on by a physician with the result that he loses the toenail. He subsequently becomes known to his California surfing buddies as "Hang Nine" instead of "Hang Ten." He goes to court against his doctor and wins $75,000. Ridiculous? Of course but unfortunately true. And it's the logical counterpoint to the kind of thinking demonstrated by Kussman. The state's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act puts a $250,000 cap on non-economic ("pain and suffering")
June 23, 1986 | From Associated Press
An increase in cases of a penicillin-resistant strain of sexually transmitted disease is occurring in the south part of Los Angeles County, health officials say. The infection, identified as penicillinase-producing neisseria gonorrhea, resists treatment by penicillin, but it can be treated with another medication, said Dr. Satwant Sidhu, chief of the county's sexually transmitted disease program. Symptoms include a painful urination or genital discharge.
June 19, 1986 | From the Washington Post
Twice-daily doses of penicillin for babies and toddlers with sickle-cell anemia can reduce dramatically the risk of life-threatening infections that kill nearly one in 10 youngsters with the disease during their first three years of life, a major national study has found. The study showed that such preventive doses resulted in 84% fewer blood infections from a toxic bacterial organism known as Streptococcus pneumoniae .
May 18, 1986 | DELTHIA RICKS, United Press International
Molecular warlords waging a microscopic battle for survival may be the reason why people with gonorrhea no longer respond to penicillin. Scientists at the University of Southern California looking into the phenomenon of jumping genes say a chemical battle is being fought by the genes of bacteria that defend themselves against antibiotics.
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