The UnAustralian

Saturday, September 13, 2003
A Tribute To David Applebaum

The ongoing vortex of murders in the Middle East has destroyed so many good people. The amount of lost human potential on both sides is staggering. One example is the recent death of David Applebaum.

As a tribute to his work on the treatment of heart attacks, here is the abstract of one of his research papers:

Thirty-four patients with acute myocardial infarction were treated prospectively using a new strategy of prehospital intravenous streptokinase given by a physician-operated mobile intensive care unit. The 29 prehospital-treated patients who had experienced no previous myocardial infarction were compared to a similar group treated with streptokinase inhospital. Patients receiving streptokinase in the prehospital phase of acute myocardial infarction had smaller infarcts and better residual myocardial function than the group given streptokinase inhospital in terms of peak creatinine phosphokinase, ejection fraction, computer-derived dysfunction index, and electrocardiographic QRS score. The only difference between these groups at baseline was the duration of pain prior to initiation of streptokinase therapy. There were no major complications related to prehospital administration of streptokinase.

From Prehospital Coronary Thrombolysis. A New Strategy in Acute Myocardial Infarction by AT Weiss, DG Fine, D Applebaum, S Welber, D Sapoznikov, C Lotan, M Mosseri, Y Hasin and MS Gotsman. Chest 92(1): 124
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