Every few years, the editors take the opportunity to look back and identify the best articles from the recent past. We
select articles that we think are outstanding and worth reading again because they are so well done and considered important topics of continuing relevance.
Understanding the key aspects of preoperative assessment, the guidelines for the safe use of blood thinning agents, and
steps for management of immediate and delayed bleeding complications are crucial for minimizing patient morbidity
and maintaining good surgical outcomes.
In the fall of 1997, H.R., a 51-year-old white woman, thought she was receiving the optimum treatment for her
pemphigus vulgaris flares—high-dose oral prednisone (100 mg per day).
Although the efficacy of isotretinoin in treating severe or recalcitrant acne vulgaris is well established, its teratogenicity
and adverse event profile have drawn considerable attention from physicians and the public alike. Of particular concern
are reports of depression and suicidal behavior among isotretinoin users from the medical literature and the lay press.