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Don’t Go in the Water

If you’re in the pool this summer when some adorable toddler has an “accidental fecal release,” you’d better hope it’s a Baby Ruth rather than soft serve. Because as disgusting as it is to be swimming with a formed stool—it’s much worse to be swimming in diarrhea. Show More Summary

A Victory for Public Health

The Disneyland measles outbreak that began late last year spread to more than 150 people, hospitalized at least 17, and sparked a national debate about whether parents should be allowed to opt out of vaccinating their children. The outbreak helped lead to a new California law, passed by the state legislature and just signed by Gov. Show More Summary

Shut Up and Sip

First, a quote: One day you may read that coffee is bad for your health; the next day you’ll hear that the same cup of java reduces your risk of disease. How can you sort through the complex and often conflicting world of scientificShow More Summary

We Will Keep on Providing

Four thousand years ago, around the time that Stonehenge was completed and horses were tamed, some woman somewhere had an abortion, and someone else had a problem with it. We know this because as early as the Code of Hammurabi, abortion politics were brewing. Show More Summary

Faith Healing Kills Children

As preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough are reappearing in the United States, many anti-vaxxers are re-evaluating their opposition to immunization, and others are questioning nonmedical exemptions from vaccine requirements. Show More Summary

Docs on Wheels

In the early 1960s, my grandfather traveled from village to village in South India to treat his patients at makeshift medical camps. He would set off in a jeep in the morning with a nurse, a drug compounder, and a helper. They’d park their jeep at a set spot, often under a tree at the village’s boundaries. Show More Summary

“Can I Celebrate Mother’s Day?”

It wasn’t fair because it wasn’t a medical question. The question came from someone I didn’t know until the middle of one of my nights on call as a high-risk obstetrician, when I took care of her. By then she had already been diagnosed...Show More Summary

Honey Bunches of Lies

They stagger into Andrew Murphy’s office itchy, sneezing, and watery-eyed. This, in itself, is unremarkable. As an allergist in Pennsylvania, Murphy regularly treats patients suffering from seasonal allergies. But when Murphy startsShow More Summary

The Doctor Won’t See You Now

It started as a little itch. In a 777 bumping from updraft to updraft above Central America, my forearm pricked. By the time we landed in Miami, I had a complete set of red dots scattered across my body. It’s probably just lice, I thought, remembering the bus I’d shared with a few dozen chickens and baby guinea pigs. Show More Summary

Doctors Throwing Fits

A doctor-bully epidemic is jeopardizing both nurses and patients. In news reports and hospital break rooms, stories abound of physicians berating nurses, hurling profanities, or even physically threatening or assaulting them. Doctors are shoving nurses in the operating room; throwing stethoscopes, scissors, pens, or surgical instruments. Show More Summary

My Son, the Statistic

Like every parent, I worry. From the day my baby boy entered the world, I worried whether he slept enough, whether he ate enough, whether he ate too much. I worried about the typical—shouldn’t he be walking already?—and the ridiculous—should...Show More Summary

Personal Exemptions From Reason

Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles are increasing in frequency, and states across the country have introduced legislation to address the danger to public health caused by parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. These state legislators are re-evaluating religious and “personal belief” exemptions. Show More Summary

Staying Alive

Excerpted from The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy. Out now from Crown. Two weeks after I graduated from Harvard Medical School, I began my internship at the Columbia University Medical Center on 168 th Street in Manhattan. Show More Summary

All Lives Matter

I was there. I was there when our clinician collapsed at the Port Loko Government Hospital in Sierra Leone a few weeks ago. And I was nearby when we were informed soon after that a Sierra Leonean colleague was suspected of having Ebola. Show More Summary


What’s the most dramatic day of medical school? It’s not the first day of anatomy lab, when students cut into cadavers, or the beginning of rotations, when they meet patients for the first time. It’s match day—the day when soon-to-be doctors find out where they will complete their residencies. Match Day is the culmination of a grueling process. Show More Summary

Get a Move On

Hi, I’m Jordan and I’m a runner. I ran today and I ran yesterday. I’ll probably run tomorrow and maybe the day after. I often run alone, usually first thing in the morning. When I’m not running, I sometimes find myself thinking about running. Is my running habit a problem? Like many behaviors, running carries a potential for addiction. Show More Summary

Don’t Blame It on Depression

Because Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself when he purposefully drove a plane carrying 149 other people into a mountain in the Alps, there has been an assumption that he suffered from “depression”—an assumption strengthened...Show More Summary

Could Better Psychological Testing Prevent a Tragedy Like the Germanwings Crash?

We still don’t know exactly what happened on Germanwings Flight 9525, leading to the death of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and the 149 other people on board. But on Thursday, the chief prosecutor for the investigation said the evidence so...Show More Summary

Bad Alternatives

Angelina Jolie Pitt should be credited for again focusing attention on the beyond difficult (and typically private) dilemmas that haunt women who carry a cancer-causing BRCA mutation. But in explaining in the New York Times her own decision...Show More Summary

Not an Isolated Incident

In January 2014, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared that his goal as governor was to “end abortion in Mississippi.” He has not been able to do that so far, but earlier this week, vigilantes took the matter into their own hands. Sometime...Show More Summary

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