Words on Death and Dying

What is death? Or more importantly, what does it really mean to die? Doctors and nurses confront mortality every day at work, but so does everyone else who lives—or rather, exists—in the present. Death is often considered a taboo subject,...

/ July 3, 2017

The History of the fMRI

If you read any contemporary research papers concerning neuroscience and cognition, you’ll likely find some mention of fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging). An fMRI scans portions of the brain to record levels of activity in those areas as subjects perceive...

/ June 30, 2017

An Unconventional Weapon and the Dual-Use Dilemma

The deployment of chemical weapons is an ongoing issue of international concern, which resurfaced not long ago in Kim Jong-Nam’s assassination and the Syrian sarin attack in early April. Here, the implications of chemical warfare and steps taken to prevent...

/ April 21, 2017

Life Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Medicine

Everyone has a life story. But rarely does anyone get to tell it. A novel approach to medicine seeks to change that. Narrative medicine emerged as a field of study in the early 2000’s, with the first program in the...

/ April 21, 2017

Revolutionizing Medicine in the 21st Century

Medicine has always had a close relationship to the humanities. Hippocrates, for example, is one well-known figure of medicine who delineated that medicine is a humanist field. During a time when ancient medicine was usually unaided by scientifically proven treatments,...

/ April 12, 2017

Literature and the Mind

The connection between literature, the mind, and medicine is examined in a series of studies that demonstrate the therapeutic effects of reading. By studying how different brain areas respond to literature, researchers utilize innovative approaches to treating neurological conditions. Curling...

/ April 10, 2017