If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good story is worth many columns of
statistics. Stories present ideas, conflicts, and, sometimes, resolution. They
have depth and dimension, drama and emotion, making them more memorable
than data alone.
This belief in the power of the story encouraged us—with support from the
Kellogg Foundation—to start the Narrative Matters section of Health Affairs in
The weather in India is often sultry, and since the tale of bricks is always a fixed quantity, and the only liberty allowed is permission to work overtime and get no thanks, men occasionally break down and become as mixed as the metaphors in this sentence. Heatherlegh is the dearest doctor that ever was, and his invariable prescription to all his patients is, “lie low, go slow, and keep cool.”
The Hollywood Renaissance embraced aspects of
‘art’ cinema to some extent, but it proved short-lived, the product of
a period of transition that soon passed in the later 1970s, with both
the consolidation of a blockbuster-centred regime in Hollywood and
a political turn to the right in American culture. Space for edgier,
more questioning or ‘difﬁcult’ ﬁlmmaking was generally reduced in
Hollywood from the end of the decade.
I am a cardiologist—a physician who specializes in the prevention and
medical treatment of heart disease. I have spent the past twenty-five
years fully engaged in the battle to lower the likelihood of heart disease
for my patients and my country. In addition to my work with patients,
I have written several cardiology textbooks and continue to edit the
major intensive care textbook in the country, Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive
Care Medicine. I have also written books for the general public concerning
simple steps that we can all take to lower our risk of heart disease.
John Deereis the world‟s leading manufacturer of farm equipment. In the fall of 2010, the company launched a giveaways campaign, in which the prize was one of its tractors customized by a famous automobile designer.
“In a departure from traditional equipment promotions, John Deere has launched its unique Big Buck customized 4020 tractor giveaway, as well as significant purchase incentives on utility tractors for customers for the end of 2009 and into 2010,” read the press releaseannouncing the campaign.
The ruler of a planet with a black dwarf sun had called a meeting of the council. It was some time before they were assembled, and he waited patiently without thought. When the patchwork of mentalities was complete he allowed the conclusions of the prognosticator to occupy his mind. A wall of unanimous incredulity sprang up. The statement was that when the
Developing and managing Pollution Probe’s Mercury Pro-
gramme has been one of the most challenging, interesting
and rewarding activities of my career. Challenging, when one
realizes how difficult it is to change institutions and policies,
even though the solutions appear so obvious. Interesting, in
the extraordinary story that mercury has played, and contin-
ues to play in commerce, ecosystems and human health.
The next step beyond mediation is arbitration, in which an impartial
third party (an arbitrator) hears both sides of the dispute in an out-of-
court setting. The arbitrator is an attorney who acts much like a judge,
listening to both sides of the story but not actively participating in
discussion. You and your opponent will have the opportunity to present
evidence and witnesses. After hearing the facts, the arbitrator will
make a decision. In your contract, you will specify whether the decision
of the arbitrator is binding or non-binding.
This is a medical detective story: beginning with the investigation of
a disease that has killed or crippled at least a million people, and then
following up clues that ranged much wider. One outcome was the
production of a synthetic chemical that we now, nearly all of us, consume
in small quantities each day in our food. The detectives had a
variety of professions and spoke different languages.
On the day the Earth vanished, Herman Raye was earnestly fishing for trout, hip-deep in a mountain stream in upstate New York. Herman was a tall, serious, sensitive, healthy, well-muscled young man with an outsize jaw and a brush of red-brown hair. He wore spectacles to correct a slight hyperopia, and they had heavy black rims because he knew his patients expected it. In his off hours,
Infection with HPV is highly prevalent among
gay and bisexual men. This population also
has a high incidence of HPV-associated anal
lesions and cancer. Gay and bisexual men
living with HIV have an even higher inci-
dence and progression of disease.
This is similar to the story for cervical
cancer. However, with strong advocacy and a
concerted effort by researchers, clinicians, and
public health leaders, dramatic reductions in
the incidence of cervical cancer have been
"Is it time?" Jarth Rolan asked anxiously. Pilot Lan Barda pushed him gently back into a seat. "No, but very soon. And be calm—you're jumpier than a human." "But we've waited so long—yes, a long time. And I am anxious to get home." Lan peered calmly out of his vehicle. They were hovering in Earth's upper atmosphere, at the permitted limit. "Be patient. These people have almost
One initiative has already begun to address the need for further monitoring of climate
change impacts. The ECN Central Coordination Unit, working with the national
conservation agencies, has developed plans for a network of sites to monitor the effects of
climate change on biodiversity at designated conservation sites, using a subset of ECN
Miss Abercrombie, the manual therapist patted the old man on the
shoulder. "You're doing just fine, Mr. Lieberman. Show it to me when
you have finished."
The oldster in the stained convalescent suit gave her a quick, shy smile
and went back to his aimless smearing in the finger paints.
Miss Abercrombie smoothed her smock down over trim hips and surveyed
the other patients working at the long tables in the hospital's arts
and crafts shop. Two muscular and bored attendants in spotless whites,
lounged beside the locked door and chatted idly about the Dodgers' prospects
for the pennant....
The story of India is one of growth, gains and
gaps. With an economy that is going from
strength to strength, benefiting from the
demographic dividend of a young and growing
workforce, this largest democracy of the world
is also home to the largest number of children
in the world.
With this growth come real gains for India’s
children and women.
People who pursue careers in Internal Medicine are drawn to
the specialty by a love of patients, mechanisms, discovery,
education, and therapeutics. We love hearing the stories told
to us by our patients, linking signs and symptoms to pathophysiology,
solving the diagnostic dilemmas, and proposing
strategies to prevent and treat illness. It is not surprising
given these tendencies that internists prefer to continue their
life-long learning through problem solving.
This book is offered as a companion to the remarkable
17th edition of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.
The field of molecular imaging/nuclear medicine continues to build excitement
for the medical community as a whole. To be able to visualize fundamental
molecular and biochemical processes in patients in a meaningful way has truly
become reality. Of all the available molecular probes and tools it is clear that
FDG with PET-CT is one of the true clinical success stories. Very few would
have been able to predict the eventual impact of a simple glucose analog as a
marker for imaging cancer, hibernating myocardium, Alzheimer’s disease,
epilepsy and many other important disease processes....
Over the past few decades the field of neurology has seen spectacular developments in diagnostic techniques, most vividly
exemplified by modern neuroimaging and molecular genetics. Although not always at the same speed this evolution has
gone hand in hand with an enlarging armentarium of effective therapies to treat neurological disease.
Founded in 1902, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is consistently ranked
as one of the top hospitals in the United States. Housed in seven
buildings in west Los Angeles, including three, 16-story towers, Cedars-
Sinai has more than 2,000 attending physicians and more than 8000
staff members from all walks of life (including research, teaching and
community service), all involved in the care of patients.
[Sleight-of-hand theories alone cannot explain the mysteries of "magic" as practiced by that eminent
Frenchman who revolutionized the entire art, and who was finally called upon to help his government out of a
difficuity--Robert-Houdin. The success of his most famous performances hung not only on an incredible
dexterity, but also on high ingenuity and moral courage, as the following pages from his "Memoirs" will
prove to the reader. The story begins when the young man of twenty was laboring patiently as apprentice to a