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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Provocations on Infrastructure: Age

The last king raised the funds to build the hospital. Projects of this scale is difficult to achieve without an expansive capital or a groundswell of public support, and bonds were sold in order to finance the construction of the medical center of Ethiopia, in

My SP Disease

“Did you notice what you were doing there with your hands? You were going like this,” he said, wringing his hands into knots. “I could see how uncomfortable you were and that made me uncomfortable. Does that make sense?” “Of course,” I said, “I would

Playing Music in Medical School

Joseph Park is a second-year medical school student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, where he is planning on pursuing his graduate study in Genomics and Computational Biology. He is a Juilliard-trained

The Poetry of Healing

Rafael Campo, MD MFA is an award-winning poet and essayist, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and internist at healthcare associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was born in New Jersey in 1964 and attended Amherst College,

The Limits of Optimism

In front of an audience of first-year medical students, a teenage boy with one eye sat with his mother. They told a story of triumph, even miracle: brushes with death, an eye removed, cancer overcome. This young man has become a star baseball player despite

Fluorescent Microscopy

Fluorescent Microscopy Medium: Water-miscible oil Size: 18″ x 24″ This painting was inspired by the meditative experience of working under the glow of fluorescent microscopy. Here, the microscope shines green light at the specimen while the woman looks through the objective. She has incubated her

JAMA announces Arts and Medicine section

Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) announced that it is starting a new Arts and Medicine section. Associate Editor Roxanne Young wrote in the editorial introducing the new section: “In 2016, we take the transformation further, beyond the visual and fine arts

Keeping Patients Informed Through Mass Media

Anne Negrin, MD, is a television news personality, health blogger, and ophthalmologist in Rye, New York. She has appeared on television programs including ABC7 Eyewitness News, The Today Show, and PIX11 News to discuss topics ranging from medical myth debunking to eye-friendly makeup. When she’s

Leader, Scientist, & History Buff

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MD, MBBCh, served as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the University of Pennyslvania’s Perelman School of Medicine from 2001 to 2011. He is a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of