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Like many teenage boys growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, I was a Kurt Vonnegut nut. I read, reread and re-reread everything he wrote, and no doubt his humorously cynical take on the human condition played a big role in forming my sensibilities. I particularly loved his short stories, of which “Harrison Bergeron” may Read More

A recent post on the Facebook page of the Historical Society of Rockland County made me think of the genetics of butterflies…and about this medical school. The message, which was posted on March 2, 2018, noted that 50 years ago, the following article appeared in the Journal News, the county’s local newspaper: “The ‘Realm of Read More

Children looking at microscope at See, Test & Treat event at Montefiore

Pathologists have traditionally played a “behind-the-scenes” role in medical diagnosis and patient care. No longer. As 21st-century medicine continues along its trajectory of rapid change, we pathologists are becoming more-visible members of the healthcare team. We’re also coming out from behind the microscope, so to speak, and reaching out to the communities we serve. The Read More

coffee beans roasted,instant and ground coffee

Editors’ Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Forbes.com. The state of California is deliberating whether to list coffee as a carcinogen under its Prop 65 statute. This statute requires the posting of warnings alerting the public to the presence of carcinogenic and toxic substances in food, beverages, consumer products, and the environment. The warning being considered Read More

close up of elderly hands on each others forearms

Finding the fine line between respecting autonomy and abandoning those with dementia is a crucial task that deserves more attention.

Every person working in medicine has stories to tell, and sharing those stories is a great way to process grief or stress, celebrate triumphs, vent, move on or think more deeply. Occasionally, writing about an experience helps others facing a similar situation. True narratives of and reflections on medicine are now encouraged, honored, promoted—and sometimes required Read More