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Are doctors complicit in prison torture?

In the past few years an outcry has arisen over the involvement of military and CIA medical professionals and psychologists in torture. Some critics have even suggested criminal prosecution of the medical staff involved or, at least, revocation of their
The Maine medical community looks at solitary confinement
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 23, 2010

Atul Gawande: Will Obamacare bankrupt Boston's Children's Hospital?


Our fanboyism on ATUL GAWANDE is well-established: we think he should be surgeon general. Brilliant medical writer. Brilliant medical thinker. One of the very few...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 02, 2010

Policy matters

Identifying and living as a transgender person has intense emotional implications that we touch on in this week's story. But here, as with most social issues, the personal is also political.
 A look at the legal landscape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 26, 2010

Power puffs

Regarding “ Weed Picking Up Speed ”: if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tob
Letters to the Boston editor, July 24, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 24, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor, September 23, 2008

I am an 18-year sufferer of Lyme disease, whose life was saved by treatment by International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society doctors.
Too serious to ignore
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  September 25, 2008
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It’s not brain surgery

Whew, don’t say that at Rhode Island Hospital these days or you might come home holding the upper part of your cranium in your hand. Trepan this, baby!
Keep your head protected on trips to the hospital
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 28, 2007


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Maggots ate my flesh!

If you met Dana — attractive, athletic, and tan, somewhere in her 30s — you’d never guess her secret.
As antibiotics increasingly lose their potency, medical professionals are turning to (yecch!) fly larvae to take a bite out of wound recovery
By AUDREY SCHULMAN  |  July 16, 2007
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No fat? No way

Our long national nightmare of low-fat malarkey is over.
There's no shame in "bad" eating
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 29, 2006