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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1


Continuing Medical Education, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication17-Feb-2017

Correspondence Address:
Tony Abraham Thomas
Continuing Medical Education, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 002, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_14_17

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Thomas TA. Editorial. Curr Med Issues 2017;15:1

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Thomas TA. Editorial. Curr Med Issues [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Dec 6];15:1. Available from: https://www.cmijournal.org/text.asp?2017/15/1/1/200301

Dear Readers,

The incidence of autism among children has been increasing over the last decade and is a matter of concern. Whether this is due to an increasing awareness of the disorder and better diagnosis or whether it represents a true increase in incidence is still unclear. However, most general practitioners and pediatricians generally agree that they are seeing more children with clinical features suggestive of autism. Features of the modern age-increased exposure to visual media in the form of television and the mobile phone and the decreased time that a parent spends with a child (due to work pressures) have been seriously considered as factors that push a child with possible borderline/mild symptoms to one with serious symptoms. The diagnosis of this condition is clinical and is often challenging as it is similar to several other developmental disorders. A clear understanding of the clinical features and the “red flags” that alert one to the possibility of the diagnosis will aid in proper diagnosis so that the child can be referred to the appropriate specialist. “Autism spectrum disorders” is the topic in focus in this iteration of the journal, and the diagnosis, management, and role of medication are discussed. Dr. M. C. Mathew who founded the first Developmental Pediatrics department in India has graciously shared his insights into this disorder from his experience, by providing practice guidelines for autism in toddlers.

It is a common notion that the profession of medicine is to aid a person to live and to prevent death. Yet there is a great need for health professionals to provide expertise to those with terminal illnesses and help them in the last days of their life; in other words, to help a patient die well. Palliative care has produced tremendous societal change in the town of Fatehpur, and the story of the team providing home-based palliative care is included in the “Practice story” section of this issue.

The Current Medical Issues journal endeavors to be interactive and clinical queries from readers are invited, so they can be appropriately addressed and help others in their journey of learning. I would love to hear from you as well – your comments and suggestions. Please send in your clinical queries, comments, and suggestions to us by E-mail.


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