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Dr. Arno Motulsky

Arno Motulsky, one of the founders of human medical genetics, died on January 17, 2018, at the age of 94 in Seattle (New York Times obituary, 1/29/18). I doubt his name is familiar to any of our current medical or graduate students, yet he pioneered studies of the genetics of heart disease, blood disorders, infections Read More

Percentage of flu-like illness week 5 2018

Influenza is back among us—and with a vengeance. We are just about at the midpoint of the flu season, and already experts are calling it the worst epidemic since 2009, when a new (H1N1) influenza strain appeared, resulting in the deaths of more than 12,000 Americans. Now, not all “flu-like” illness is caused by the Read More

Peter Selwyn as a dancing doctor in "Grand Rounds" a dance by Tamar Rogoff at La Mama

One day in 2016, I noticed a note, almost lost in the day’s emails, from an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Like me, he had learned about palliative care by necessity, in the grim early years of the AIDS epidemic. Also like me, he had become more deeply involved in palliative care Read More

Editors’ Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Forbes.com. Renewing your driver’s license at the DMV is one of those mundane chores modern life imposes on us. We wait for our number to be called, to have our eyes checked, and verify our address. Only at the last step of the process are we confronted with a Read More

Many faculty members at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and elsewhere are likely inundated with requests to contribute articles to journals—none of which they’ve ever heard of. When I started receiving such requests, I was first surprised; then I became skeptical. As the requests kept pouring in, I created a folder in my email named Read More

I was saddened to read that Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., had died recently. His obituary in the New York Times is worth reading. Ben was a highly respected neuroscientist and chair of the department of neurobiology at Stanford from 2008 until last year, when he got sick. But he was also a highly effective spokesperson Read More