Medical image. Calcified facial haematoma

N Z Med J. 2009 Nov 20;122(1306):84-5.


Doctors have been promoting alcohol as a health tonic for a very long time. The last 30 years has seen the accumulation of a considerable medical literature investigating the potential role of alcohol use as a protection against coronary heart disease. When viewed through the lens of two major early reviews in the mid-1980s, Sir Richard Doll's contributions of the mid-1990s, two large meta-analyses of 10 years ago and two most recent overviews, the health-giving properties of alcohol use become increasingly debatable. The influence of the alcohol industry is raised as a factor in the exaggeration of alcohol use as a health intervention, in similar fashion to activities of pharmaceutical companies. The status of alcohol as a potentially dangerous recreational drug is emphasised as a warning against talking up alcohol as a cardio-protection manoeuvre by anyone.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Calcinosis / etiology
  • Calcinosis / physiopathology
  • Facial Injuries / complications
  • Facial Injuries / diagnosis
  • Facial Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hematoma / complications
  • Hematoma / diagnosis
  • Hematoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Mandibular Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Mandibular Diseases / etiology*
  • Mandibular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / diagnostic imaging
  • Pain / etiology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / complications
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Trismus / diagnosis
  • Trismus / etiology