Methodist Journal

IN THIS ISSUE

Lipids and Lipoproteins

Vol 15, Issue 1 (2019)


FEATURED GUEST EDITOR

ISSUE INTRO

Lipids and Cardiovascular Disease: Putting it All Together

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RECOGNITIONS

Guest Editors Henry Pownall and Antonio Gotto Offer Insight and Expertise on the topic of Lipids and Cardiovascular Disease

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Cholesterol: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

How Much Do Lipid Guidelines Help the Clinician? Reading Between the (Guide)lines

Statins: Then and Now

Poststatin Lipid Therapeutics: A Review

HDL and Reverse Cholesterol Transport Biomarkers

Revisiting Reverse Cholesterol Transport in the Context of High-Density Lipoprotein Free Cholesterol Bioavailability

High-Density Lipoprotein Subspecies in Health and Human Disease: Focus on Type 2 Diabetes

Gene Delivery in Lipid Research and Therapies

CASE REPORTS See More

Device-Related Thrombus: A Reason for Concern?

Retained Coronary Balloon Requiring Emergent Open Surgical Retrieval: An Uncommon Complication Requiring Individualized Management Strategies

Loperamide Mimicking Brugada Pattern

Reversed Pulsus Paradoxus in Right Ventricular Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Transcatheter Embolization of a Persistent Vertical Vein: A Rare Cause of Left-to-Right Shunt and Right-Sided Heart Failure

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Talking Statins with Antonio Gotto

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Lipids and Renal Disease

EXCERPTA

Addressing the Feedback Loop Between Depression, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease

POINTS TO REMEMBER

The Kidney as an Endocrine Organ

EDITORIALS

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Cardiology through Tangible Opportunities for Mentorship and Leadership

Vol 15, Issue 1 (2019)

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IN MEMORIAM

Ode to Selma DeBakey

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Winters WL Jr. Ode to Selma DeBakey. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. January 2016, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 72.



Selma DeBakey, one of the architects of grammatical integrity in the field of medical communication, died on March 6, 2013. Her memory has been etched indelibly in the minds of those fortunate to have crossed her path. Following is a brief poetic tribute to her memory.

Selma DeBakey is one so very rare
Who challenges every author to care
About words that appear
In print, few and clear
Verily, there is no one to compare.
Early on she found writers deficient
In skills to make them proficient
In any narrative style
To make their readers smile.
Their efforts were clearly insufficient.
So she set out to fix the matter
Seeking counsel from the mad hatter.
You and your sister, said he,
Could turn out to be
The secret that can make them much better
Together they worked out a plan
With courses and lectures, they began
To address major flaws
And find the root cause
To help enlighten their fellow man.
Correct wording was their byword for years
Clear, concise prose drew cheers
Grammatical integrity
Plus humor voluntarily
Means gobbledygook no longer appears.
She opined literacy is the nation’s pedigree,
That English is alive and well for all to see.
Banish the illiterate
Make excellence deliberate
Then sensible writing may yet come to be.
She left this world with nary a peep
Confident that her life’s work would keep
Her endeavors intact
And continue to attract
Medical authors and readers knee deep.
In closing it’s important to recall
Her legacy to be remembered by all:
Guardian of rigorous writing
Makes the world of science exciting
And the communication world stand tall.

—William L. Winters, Jr., M.D., M.A.C.C.

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