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Winter 2006

Proto Winter 2006 cover


A Killer Called Staph

Almost 100,000 patients die each year after contracting the infection in American hospitals. It doesn't have to happen.

Survival Tech

These remarkable devices are saving soldiers, improving lives after combat—and benefiting civilians too.

You Can Hurry Science

Frustrated by the glacial pace of autism research, activist parents have taken matters into their own hands.

Saving Faces

Disfigured patients will risk anything for a shot at being normal. Three breakthroughs may improve their odds.

The Digital Hospital

The Veterans Health Administration, of all places, has embraced the computer age. Will the rest of medicine (finally) follow.

Message from the MGH

Provoking dialogue, by Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana.

Second Opinion

Readers on underreaction to avian flu, junk genes and sexism.

Before the Fall

In an interview pre-scandal, stem cell researcher Woo Suk Hwang explains his methods and motivation.

Seniors at Risk

Elderly patients are vulnerable to adverse drug events. Here’s how those mistakes translate into numbers.

Making Markets for Vaccines

Profit is scarce in the areas that need medicines most. How to bridge the stunning gap?

Slimmer Life-Span Gains

Starving mice, drugs in the water and sighing.

Pee Power

Energy to run diagnostic tests could come from an unexpected source.

A Most Curious Surgeon

An excerpt from Wendy Moore’s The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery.

Half-Baked or Brilliant?

Medical bloggers muse on futuristic hospital devices, getting paid and ER drug-seekers.

Birth of the Pill

The world’s most recognizable birth control method, the Pill, turns 50.

Mum's Metamorphosis

While the author's mother battled cancer, he took portraits that reflected more than just her cool green glasses.

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