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?