Month: August 2017

A Dollar for a Life

The doctor won’t see you now. Unfortunately, in a phenomenon that reflects contemporary interplay between economic considerations and ethical concerns, this brusque phrase has become concerningly commonplace. As worries multiply and become increasingly more cumbersome, physicians are – just like...

/ August 27, 2017

AfterWards: A Story from the Johns Hopkins Hospital

In 2014 a groundbreaking new program in narrative medicine appeared in one of the world’s most prestigious hospitals. Three years on, the Hippocrates Med Review sat down with AfterWard’s co-founder, Lauren Small, to discuss the progress and future of the...

/ August 26, 2017

Air Pollution – A Worldwide Problem

A recent report from the World Health Organization reveals the growing problem regarding worsening air pollution, its risk of exposure, and its associated diseases (WHO). According to this study, more than 9 in 10 people breathe in “unhealthy air”, making...

/ August 20, 2017

Rethinking Complementary Medicine

Key definitions (1) Conventional medicine: mainstream Western medicine, also known as modern medicine. Complementary medicine: non-mainstream practice used alongside with conventional medicine. Alternative medicine: non-mainstream practice used in place of conventional medicine. Sole administration of non-conventional medicine is uncommon. Integrative...

/ August 18, 2017

An evaluation of food desert solutions

In the 21st century, it’s sometimes hard to believe that people still suffer from massive food insecurity– even in developed nations like the United States. However, as Alyssa discusses in this article, many Americans still struggle to access adequate, nutritious...

/ August 15, 2017

Improving Aphasia Recovery in Stroke Patients

        Dr. Argye Hillis, a Johns Hopkins neurologist, is an expert in aphasia and is currently focusing her research on improving aphasia recovery in stroke patients. Aphasia is the loss of ability to understand or express speech caused by brain...

/ August 10, 2017

Biased Healthcare

When was the last time anybody enthusiastically anticipated a doctor’s appointment? The doctor’s office is typically not a particularly agreeable place to be. However, this unpleasantness does not entirely stem from health-related concerns and anxieties that plague patients’ thoughts. Healthcare...

/ August 3, 2017