Blog Profile / Slate: Medical Examiner


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War Is Hell, and the Hell Rubs Off

In September 2007, at the height of the Iraq surge, I spent two weeks with the Army’s 2 nd Battalion, 12 th Infantry in Dora, one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Baghdad. By that point in the war, I had embedded with a dozen-odd infantry units, and 2-12, the “Lethal Warriors” from Fort Carson in Colorado, was one of the best I’d seen. Show More Summary

Burned by Bureaucracy

The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power. The Honda Insight was about to become the first hybrid electric vehicle sold in the United States. Show More Summary

How Bad Is Marijuana for Your Health?

The Journal of Neuroscience recently published a study linking recreational marijuana use to subtle changes in brain structure. The researchers, led by Jodi Gilman of Massachusetts General Hospital, identified increased gray matter density in the left nucleus accumbens and some bordering areas. Show More Summary

Canada’s Vicious HIV Laws

In Canada, it is illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status, in some cases even if they use a condom and even if no one gets infected. Canada is now one of the top 10 countries in the world for arrests...Show More Summary

Fear the Camel

Infectious disease experts have been worriedly watching a new disease for more than a year and a half now, but it’s a fair bet that most people still haven’t twigged to the existence of the world’s latest infectious threat: MERS. That may be changing, with new infections popping up recently in Malaysia, Greece, the Philippines, and Egypt. Show More Summary

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

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