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Life and Death and Medicine

Presenting an entire issue on the role of medicine in human life. Medicine's success in the treatment of acute illness and injury now makes it possible for it to turn to the promotion of health...

By Kerr L. White

Growing Up

Events in the interaction between the environment and the genetic potential during the growth of the child are critical to the health of the adult. At the same time "normal" growth is highly variable...

By J. M. Tanner

Getting Old

Everyone ages, but some seem to age less quickly than others. In search of clues to the phenomenon the author visits three communities where vigorous oldsters are remarkably numerous

By Alexander Leaf


In the industrialized countnes nearly two-thirds of the deaths are now associated with the infirmities of old age. Medicine can fend off death, but in doing so it often merely prolongs agony...

By Robert S. Morison

The Ills of Man

The most prevalent diseases are not the well-known causes of death.Precisely what they are depends to a surprising degree on whether they are perceived by patients, by physicians or by vital statisticians...

By John H. Dingle

Surgical Intervention

Man intervenes in his ills with surgery, with chemical methods and with psychiatry. Surgery can win heroic victories, but its everyday practice calls for the control of quantity and quality...

By Charles G. Child III

Chemical Intervention

The chemical substances administered for medical purposes include not only drugs but also vaccines, hormones, anesthetics and even foods. All such measures lend themselves to use, abuse and misuse...

By Sherman M. Mellinkoff

Psychiatric Intervention

Although enduring remedies for mental disorders are elusive, psychoactive drugs and community treatment programs have markedly reduced the number of people in mental hospitals

By Leon Eisenberg

The Hospital

It is increasingly where the patient sees the physician. It brings together the specialists, structures their collaboration, provides their supporting personnel and supplies materials and machines...

By John H. Knowles

The Medical School

The training of physicians is in the midst of a period of rapid evolutionary change. The probable outcome will be the production of fewer specialists and more physicians capable of primary care...

By Robert H. Ebert

The Medical Economy

Over 95 percent of the American people have some form of health insurance, but the coverage is shallow and is responsible for much of the 500 percent rise in the cost of hospital care since 1950...

By Martin S. Feldstein

The Medical Business

U.S. sales of drugs, medical supplies and medical equiprnent are 11 billion per year. The Food and Drug Administration closely supervises the drugs but has little authority over the other items...

By James L. Goddard

The Organization of Medical Care

The benefits of lnedicine are now beyond the reach of the one-to-one relationship between the patient and the physician. New institutions of medical care are being shaped by economics and social priorities...

By Ernest W. Saward


  • 50 and 100 Years Ago, September 1973

  • Science and the Citizen, September 1973

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, September 1973

  • Recommended

    Books, September 1973

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Mathematical Games, September 1973

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Scientist, September 1973

  • Departments

    The Authors, September 1973

  • Bibliography, September 1973

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