Drugs and Money
October 19, 2010
As any faithful reader of the New York Times knows, the medical profession has suffered some serious self-inflicted wounds: high-profile physicians po
The Monster Mosquito
August 12, 2010
In its stealthy, creeping, horrible way, malaria—which predates Homo sapiens—is probably the greatest predator humanity has ever known. Malaria is a s
Life and Death
April 07, 2010
In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot brings a forgotten woman and her children out of the shadows, and shows us the wonder and the terror o
The Art of Incision
August 13, 2008
Among Dr. Michael DeBakey's approximately 30 visits to various parts of the former Soviet Union, there seems little doubt that one in November 1996 had the greatest potential for influencing the course of world history.
After the Deluge
April 11, 2005
I am not sure just what it was that made me drop everything on December 31 and join six colleagues on a medical relief mission to Sri Lanka.
The Death of Hippocrates
September 13, 2004
I. In a court of law, a witness becomes a person who testifies. What he has seen or heard is transformed into what he describes. Intended or not, the nuances and subtleties of his narrative, the variations in pitch of his voice, the expressions on his face, and the very way he holds his body--all of these are editorial comments on his words, and even those words convey feeling. He has been affected by the experience that he describes, and no amount of restraint or force of will can prevent his listeners from perceiving its influence on his thoughts.
Up From Hippocrates
February 17, 2003
I. In 1997, i wrote a blurb for The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, the book of Roy Porter's approximately seventy-volume output that is most likely to remain widely popular among general readers. Though I called it a "perfectly magnificent intellectual history of medicine," filled with "wisdom, insight," and a "plenitude of information," the book (and my blurb) enraged one of my most admired friends. The friend, Ion Gresser, was for many years a senior researcher at L'Institut de Recherches Scientifiques sur le Cancer, in Paris.
February 19, 2001
Is political correctness corrupting medicine?
Believe Your Doctor
September 18, 2000
How much should we trust medical studies?