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In 1902, a smallpox outbreak infected thousands of people across the northeastern United States. That year, in Massachusetts alone, 2,314 people were infected, and 284 died. This was not unusual for early-twentieth-century Massachusetts: The smallpox vaccine had been invented more than a century earlier and had markedly reduced the incidence of the disease, but the Read More

Editors’ Note: This is an excerpt from an opinion piece written by Einstein faculty member Dr. Lynne Holden. It first appeared on City Limits.org. At a time when there are threats to an overburdened healthcare system that is barely serving a large segment of the population and when health disparities are great, there is an urgent Read More

Lung cancer patients and providers live in a much more hopeful world than the one I entered as a physician/scientist at the turn of the century. Proof of that improved landscape can be seen in a recent annual report on cancer rates in the United States, which shows a 30 percent drop in lung cancer Read More

Editors’ Note: Today, Einstein M.D/Ph.D. student Peter John was named a winner of the 2019 Lasker Foundation Essay Contest for his entry titled, “Making it All Fun and Games in the Biomedical Sciences”—and we’re pleased to share his entry on The Doctor’s Tablet. The Lasker Foundation, which supports medical research by celebrating research excellence, education Read More

In 2010, a social media campaign called “It Gets Better” was launched to help support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world. The goal was to offer hope and encouragement and to empower youth to create and inspire the changes needed to make the world better for them and others. This was also Read More

An episode pitting top administrators at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) against senior scientists at the organization serves as a vital reminder of the importance of academic freedom and the need to communicate and express concerns about scientific research. NIH administrators prohibited two of its senior scientists from speaking out about a research study Read More