Listed below are questions based on articles that appeared in last month's print edition of the Archives. Registered continuing medical education participants should use the January 2004 answer sheet to answer these questions.

  1. Monocytes in posttrauma patients showed significant differences in the following characteristics compared with controls (Figure 1):

    • a. decrease in α-naphthyl butyrate esterase activity

    • b. decreased amount of cytoplasm

    • c. increase in cytoplasmic vacuoles

    • d. a and b

    • e. a, b, and c

      (from Monocytes With Altered Phenotypes in Posttrauma Patients—Kampalath et al)

  2. 2. Nucleic acid–based bioelectronic detection involves the generation of an electronic signal mediated by nucleic acid hybridization.

    True or False?

    (from Bioelectronic Sensor Technology for Detection of Cystic Fibrosis and Hereditary Hemochromatosis Mutations—Bernacki et al)

  3. 3. Adenocarcinoma of the cervix can be subtyped as:

    • a. mucinous

    • b. endometrioid

    • c. serous

    • d. mesonephric

    • e. all of the above

    • f. none of the above

      (from Primary Cervical Adenocarcinoma With Intestinal Differentiation and Colonic Carcinoma Metastatic to Cervix—Raspollini et al)

  4. 4. Estrogen receptors have been documented in such neoplasms as (Figure 2):

    • a. cerebral meningioma

    • b. gastric adenocarcinoma

    • c. papillary thyroid carcinoma

    • d. a and b

    • e. a, b and c

      (from The Utility of Estrogen Receptor and Progesterone Receptor Immunohistochemistry in the Distinction of Metastatic Breast Carcinoma From Other Tumors in the Liver—Nash et al)

  5. 5. Consuming such fish as swordfish and shark is a potential source of exposure to the heavy metal, mercury.

    True or False?

    (from Measurement of Mercury Levels in Concentrated Over-the-Counter Fish Oil Preparations—Foran et al)

  6. 6. Type 3 decubitus ulcers demonstrate:

    • a. inflammation of soft tissue

    • b. inflammation of bone

    • c. osteomyelitis

    • d. all of the above

    • e. a and b

      (from Autopsy-Based Assessment of Extent and Type of Osteomyelitis in Advanced-Grade Sacral Decubitus Ulcers—Türk et al)