Of Rights and the Rules

MARC RENDELL, MD Due to the high prevalence of Diabetes and the many serious health problems which result, the health care burden of this disease on our society is enormous. We now are on the threshold of a major expansion of health care in our population. U.S. President Barack Obama has rightly recognized that health…

Is Aging the Next Cholesterol?

DAVID T. NASH, MD About three generations ago, most physicians learned very little about cholesterol during their medical school and in-hospital training, other than the history of very early work by a Russian researcher feeding cholesterol to rabbits, creating an atherosclerotic-like lesion. Many practicing physicians one generation ago doubted the value of treating elevated levels,…

Meditations on War and Circumstance

JACOB WORRELL It was raining. People are often surprised to hear that it rains in Iraq. When people imagine the daily discomforts of soldiers deployed in Iraq, they think about facing imminent death, frying in the desert sun, and the dull monotony of daily routine. Anything but rain. But in northern Iraq in 2005, for…

The Polarization of the American Dream

MUGAMBI JOUET In times of doubt and discord, a country often turns to its national ideals in hope that they will provide guidance and common ground. The lingering economic problems, concerns about American decline, and bitter polarization that have marked the Obama presidency have therefore led Americans to focus on one of the United States’…