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The Guinea Pig Club

Excerpted from Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong, out now from The Penguin Press HC. On Aug. 31, 1940, the Battle of Britain was reaching a critical phase when Hurricane pilot Tom Gleave’s aircraft came under enemy fire. Show More Summary

Should Doctors Take Care of Their Relatives?

Modern physicians may give medical advice to their family members or, in a pinch, write them a prescription for a low-risk medication. (They’re not really supposed to, but it happens.) But most would never take charge of a relative’s...Show More Summary

Which City Has the Worst Allergies?

For some unpleasant things in life, it seems to be a point of pride to declare that you have it the very worst. People one-up their friends on who had the most embarrassing drunken weekend, argue that their mother-in-law horror story is the most outrageous, or insist that their city has with the worst traffic. Show More Summary

A Hospital’s Most Important Secret System

Every two weeks, the Quality Improvement Committee meets in a windowless room. Some people’s names are called; they leave because they were involved in the adverse event. Everyone else stays. They hear the story. They ask questions. Show More Summary

The Residents Rise Up

Two years ago, I received my first employment contract. Not long after Match Day, I did what 115,000 physicians in training did that year and will do again this year: I signed the contract promptly and returned it. I tried to read the contract carefully, but it didn’t really matter. Show More Summary

This Article Is Fortified With Antioxidants

Like many things that are infuriating and depressing, POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company is also very funny. Currently under consideration by the Supreme Court, the case has a wonderfully absurd feel, starting with the name of the product in question, which itself remains a matter of debate. Show More Summary

Roll Over! Shake! Smell This Mole!

Dogs can reliably detect prostate cancer by sniffing a man’s urine, according to a widely publicized study released this month. I’ll take a dog over a digital rectal exam any day. Plus, dogs are our most faithful friends—who better...Show More Summary

Did Elliot Rodger’s Therapists Fail?

When Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, politicians and lobbyists blamed our broken mental health system. Lanza’s mother had told people that he suffered from Asperger syndrome and...Show More Summary

Amazon’s Illegal Drug Dealing

My wife Lisa doesn’t cherish the fact that this story begins by disclosing her recent acne flare-up. But given the wider public health implications, she’s given me permission to write about the stubborn collection of pimples on her left cheek that didn’t respond to her usual skin care. Show More Summary

Quacking All the Way to the Bank

Legislators in Washington state refuse to live in a world where only the wealthy can afford care from poorly trained health care providers who practice unproven medicine. This year Washington joined Oregon and Vermont in covering naturopathic care under Medicaid. Show More Summary

Sex Is Complicated

A correspondent for the conservative website National Review recently declared that Laverne Cox, the transgender actress gracing the cover of Time magazine, “is not a woman.” Kevin D. Williamson went on to argue that transgender identities are a “delusion... Show More Summary

LeBron James’ Trouble With Heat

Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs knocked off a hamstrung Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Faulty circuitry in the Spurs home arena caused the air conditioning to go out and LeBron James’ legs to give out, too. He limped...Show More Summary

Mellow, Paranoid, Happy, or Mean

Maureen Dowd, a 62-year-old Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the New York Times, had a bad marijuana trip earlier this year. As part of her research into the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado, she ate a few tooShow More Summary

Guns Kill Children

Caroline Starks was 2 years old. Her 5-year-old brother was playing nearby with his birthday present: a.22-caliber Crickett rifle. His mother stepped outside for a moment, certain the gun wasn’t loaded. She was wrong. Caroline wasShow More Summary

“Did All the Girls PT?”

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a serious problem in Alaska. Babies born there, particularly Native American babies, suffer the syndrome at much higher rates than infants in the lower 48. Since the first epidemiological data emerged in the...Show More Summary

It’s Nobody’s Fault

Male fertility is a new epidemic, at least if you’ve seen the news coverage. This burgeoning crisis seems to be related to the effects of age, inspiring headlines such as: “Men Also Suffer Age-Related Infertility,” “Too Old to...Show More Summary

The Shortest Route to God

The World Health Organization is worried about this year’s Hajj. Beginning in early October, more than 2 million people will voluntarily gather in the home country of a novel and untreatable virus called MERS that has already infected nearly 700 people and killed more than 200. Show More Summary

A Public Health Crisis at the Border

Diseases that are endemic to other countries are not always the same ones that we face in the United States. This is a medical observation, not a political one, and it is the reason immigrants who enter this country legally face rigorous...Show More Summary

Your Brain on Psilocybin

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation...Show More Summary

Doctors Could Use a Little Hypochondria

Here is a partial list of conditions I have read about in the past few days: tinnitus, intermittent explosive disorder, Morgellons disease, high metabolism, low metabolism, and rabies. And here is a partial list of conditions I subsequently...Show More Summary

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