A Tale Of Two Addicts: Freud, Halsted And Cocaine

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On Talk of the Nation, November 25, 2011 In his book An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, medical historian Howard Markel tells the story of how Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, and Halsted, the acclaimed surgeon, fell under the addictive spell of cocaine. Read more and listen to […]

Plumbing the Murky (and Crowded) World of Cadaver Displays

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On Reporter’s Notebook, August 10, 2006 Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan, whose voice you’ll hear in the first piece, says every person has an internal Geiger counter of ethics as good as anyone else’s. Read more and listen to the episode at NPR.org

A Doctor’s Professional Life vs. Personal Pursuits

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On Day to Day, July 05, 2007 Four of the suspects detained in Britain’s terror plot investigation have been identified as doctors, a profession few would have thought could harbor a terrorist. Does the Hippocratic Oath — essentially a promise to protect life — apply to a doctor’s personal pursuits as well? Read more and […]

Teetering On The Edge Of A Flu Pandemic?

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On Science Friday/Talk of the Nation, May 01, 2009 As swine flu cases surface around the world, authorities say a pandemic may be imminent. Ira Flatow and experts discuss the current outbreak, lessons learned from the scare of 1976, and whether government restrictions could tread on individual liberties if a pandemic occurs…. Read more and […]

Swine Flu Dominated 2009 Health News

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On Morning Edition, December 30, 2009 One of the biggest news stories of this year was about a new flu virus. People around the globe became sick with swine flu. On June 11, the World Health Organization declared the flu a pandemic. The virus nearly disappeared over the summer, but a second wave returned in the […]

Marketing Flu Vaccine: A Tough Sell For Many

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On All Things Considered, November 2, 2009 The nation is in the midst of the largest mass vaccination campaign against flu in history, but about half the population is saying they are not interested. Many have a sense that the vaccine was rushed to production, compromising safety. Some are convinced that it contains harmful chemicals…. Read […]

H1N1 Could Have Cultural Implications

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On Tell Me More, September 9, 2009 H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu, is back in the news with outbreaks in colleges and schools around the country, including the University of Maryland at College Park, where almost 200 students are suspected to have the virus. Dr. Howard Markel, professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan […]

How Have We Handled Swine Flu?

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On Talk of the Nation, May 12, 2009 The danger from swine flu may not be over, but many complain that the threat was overblown. Students have returned to their desks, and the World Health Organization sees no signs of the virus going from person to person outside of North America…. Read more and listen to […]

How Healthy Are The Candidates?

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On All Things Considered, September 30, 2008 Polls show that Americans are interested in the health of presidents and, by extension, candidates for president. But there’s a long history of not learning the complete story until long after a presidency is over…. Read more and listen to the episode at NPR.org