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Sherwin Nuland and the Medical History Wars
Most of the obituaries for the physician-historian, Sherwin A. Nuland, who died on Monday, March 3, have rightfully emphasized his 1994 book, How We Die, which won the Nationa[more]
Alcoholism Through a Doctor’s Eyes
When I teach medical students about alcoholism, it is never easy. Students arrive with preconceived notions and stereotypes obtained from books, television and films — and [more]
Searching for Semmelweis
My father's hero was not a baseball player, movie star, or president. It was Ignaz Semmelweis, a 19th-century Hungarian physician. For my dad, a professor of infectious diseas[more]
Treat Reckless Driving Like Drunk Driving
On a rainy, foggy night earlier this month, a New York City taxi driver making a left turn at a light apparently did not see my 9-year-old nephew and his 6-foot-3 father [more]
A Nurse Gains Fame in the Days of Polio
In the years after World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt routinely won polls as America’s most admired woman. But in a 1952 Gallup poll, she was beaten by an Australian nurse, Eli[more]
The Father Who Fought for Lorenzo’s Oil
Augusto Odone surely was one of the best fathers of all time. Along with his wife, Michaela, Mr. Odone defied and then amazed the medical profession when he devised an apparen[more]
Frank Netter: The Michelangelo of Medicine
A new biography tells the story of one of the most influential doctors of the past century, and his evolution as an artist. To generations of medical students, from mine [more]
When Med Students Get Medical Students’ Disease
The New York Times (Well blog), September 5, 2013 Each year hundreds of medical students think they have contracted the exact diseases they are studying. But they haven’t[more]
The First Female Celebrity to Embrace Parkinson’s
The 1950s was not a time for open discussion of serious diseases—whether by celebrities or ordinary citizens. Linda Ronstadt’s recent announcement that she has Parkinso[more]
Bernard Fisher’s Battle Against the Radical Mastectomy
theatlantic.com, August 9, 2013 Before 1971, if you had breast cancer, chances are you’d have to get your breast cut off. Surgeons had been taught one thing: radical surg[more]

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