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ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

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Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 12, Issue 1 (2016)

Humanities Full Text

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.