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What does writing have to do with medicine? This is a question I posed to the members of the Einstein Class of 2023 in Riklis Auditorium during their orientation a few weeks ago. They were about to spend a morning devoted to reflective writing—first hearing my talk and then attending a small-group session where, under Read More

I’m often asked, “How do you cure stuttering?” This question is charged with judgment. It renders stuttering a black-and-white issue, ignoring the condition’s many complexities. It is a view that polarizes the matter completely: stuttering = bad; fluency = good. This dichotomy is missing a glaring piece―the individual. So let’s view stuttering in a more Read More

Editors’ note: The transition from college to medical school has been described as being akin to the difference between drinking water from a garden hose and drinking from a fire hose. There’s an overwhelming amount of new information, surroundings, concepts, and emotions to grapple with. During Orientation week, Einstein faculty and associates shared their thoughts Read More

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