Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Mammogram Debate: Whose Afraid of the Data?

The Mammogram Debate: Whose Afraid of the Data?

The newest guidelines on mammograms have stirred up intense debate. But very little of it is about the numbers. It’s almost entirely about emotions. Whether it is individual women who speak poignantly about their own cancers or irresponsible politicians who talk about “rationing” to score cheap political points. As hard as it may seem to…

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Found in Translation

Found in Translation

Excerpt from Medicine in Translation, (©Beacon Press, 2010, Reprinted with permission.). NEW: Listen to “Found in Translation” Audio “Je m’a…,” I stuttered to Aristede Mezondes, the serious young man in a grey wool overcoat, standing before me with ramrod posture. “Je m’appelle Dr. Ofri.” There. I’d gotten it out. The language of Descartes, Voltaire, and…

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In Praise of Public Hospitals

In Praise of Public Hospitals

Public hospitals have a bad rap. They’re viewed by many as hospitals of last resort, and most patients with private insurance do anything to avoid them. As a long-time physician in a public hospital, I’m sensitive to this reputation. I wouldn’t work in my hospital if I didn’t feel that it delivered excellent health care.…

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