Medicine

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A Few Too Many

On the centuries-long search for the perfect hangover remedy.

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Why Doctors Fail

Opening up about medical mistakes.

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The Wanderers

Why do people with dementia become lost?

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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

Inside the political battle over reproductive rights in Texas.

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Medicine and Its Metaphors

On fathers, mothers, and doctors.

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Swamp Nurse

In the bayou south of New Orleans, a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership tries to reverse the life chances for babies born into extreme poverty. Sometimes, it actually succeeds.

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Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder Brings Woman Agony, Not Ecstasy

Gretchen Molannen was perpetually aroused. She couldn’t work or sleep.

On December 1, the day after this story was published, she killed herself.

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Time, and the Great Healer

In 1943, a young research scientist found a cure for TB. It should have been the proudest moment of Albert Schatz’s life, but ever since he has watched, helpless, as his mentor got all the credit.

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Re-Awakenings

How a woman who couldn’t stop sleeping woke up.

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The Lying Disease

On an affliction for the digital age, “Munchausen by internet.”

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The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly

Ashlyn Blocker, 13, has a “congenital insensitivity to pain.”

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The Secrets of Sleep

We know we need it, but we don’t know why.