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Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat), Surgical Specialist
7 years of experience


Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
University of Washington (2005)
Top 25%

Affiliations ?

Dr. King is affiliated with 2 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Portland
    3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239
  • University of Michigan Health System
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. King has contributed to 2 publications.
    Title A Controlled Comparison of Light Box and Head-mounted Units in the Treatment of Seasonal Depression.
    Date June 1996
    Journal The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

    BACKGROUND: Patterns of response to the light box and head-mounted unit (HMUs) in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) appear to differ. The current study employed a "no light" condition to compare the response rates with the light box and HMU against a plausible placebo. METHOD: Forty-three subjects with DSM-III-R nonpsychotic, unipolar major depression, seasonal subtype, were randomly assigned, in a double-blind manner, to receive 2 weeks of active treatment with a light box (N=9) or HMU (N=12) that emitted no visible light, or 2 weeks of placebo treatment with a light box (N=12) or HMU (N=10) that emitted no visible light. Response was defined as a 50% or greater reduction in both the 17-item "typical" score and 8-item "atypical" score on the Structured Interview Guide for the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression-SAD version (SIGH-SAD). RESULTS: Using ANOVA for repeated measures, with change in total SIGH-SAD score as the dependent measure, we found no significant main effect of light (F=0.20, p=N.S.) or unit (F=0.50, p=N.S.), and no interaction (F=0.21, p=N.S.). Using log-linear analysis, we found no significant difference in response rate between the four cells (likelihood ratio chi-square = 2.1, p=N.S.). Using chi-square analysis, we found no significant difference in response rates between patients who received light (48%) versus patients who received no light (41%; chi-square = 0.2, p=N.S.) or between patients who received the light box (38%) versus HMU (50%; chi-square = 0.62, p=N.S.). CONCLUSION: The failure to detect any significant difference in efficacy between active and placebo treatments calls into question the specificity of light in light therapy for SAD. Methodological limitations, particularly small sample size, are discussed.

    Title Early Mobilization Following Carpal Tunnel Release. A Prospective Randomized Study.
    Date August 1995
    Journal Journal of Hand Surgery (edinburgh, Scotland)

    A prospective randomized study was undertaken of 50 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome to determine the value of splintage of the wrist following open carpal tunnel release. Patients were randomized to either be splinted for 2 weeks following surgery or to begin range-of-motion exercises on the first post-operative day. Subjects were evaluated at 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after surgery by motor and sensory testing, physical examination, and a questionnaire. Variables assessed included date of return to activities of daily living, dates of return to work at light duty and at full duty, pain level, grip strength, key pinch strength, and occurrence of complications. Patients who were splinted had significant delays in return to activities of daily living, return to work at light and full duty, and in recovery of grip and key pinch strength. Patients with splinted wrists experienced increased pain and scar tenderness in the first month after surgery; otherwise there was no difference between the groups in the incidence of complications. We conclude that splinting the wrist following open release of the flexor retinaculum is largely detrimental, although it may have a role in preventing the rare but significant complications of bowstringing of the tendons or entrapment of the median nerve in scar tissue. We recommend a home physiotherapy programme in which the wrist and fingers are exercised separately to avoid simultaneous finger and wrist flexion, which is the position most prone to cause bowstringing.

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