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Thomas Eakins’ 1889 painting of the Agnew Clinic is among the very first to depict physicians and assistants wearing white uniforms.
This Halloween, among the ghosts and ghouls, princesses and pirates, you might see a few pint-size doctors approach your doorstep. They could be clutching a handful of tongue depressors, or maybe they’ll have plastic stethoscopes draped around their necks, but you can be sure that all of them will be wearing the iconic symbol of the medical profession: the white coat.
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“I always assumed I would be an assistant to someone else, because there have always been women in those roles. And I assumed implicitly that ‘someone else’ would be a man.”
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The #ILookLikeASurgeon campaign started this summer as a way to challenge stereotypes in the surgical community, and it quickly grew into a social media phenomenon with over 4,000 Tweets.
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What can you do if you don’t want to rely solely on medication?
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Nearly 60 years after pursuing his calling, Pope Francis is drawing an unprecedented welcome as he visits the U.S. this week. In honor of the occasion, we share a lesser known but fascinating bit of Vatican history – the role of the Catholic Church in medicine.
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A new study by Jeanine Genkinger, PhD, epidemiologist at the Pancreas Center, and colleagues at multiple centers across the U.S. and Europe, sheds light on yet another reason to keep your weight under control: the bigger one’s waist size, the greater one’s risk for developing pancreatic cancer and of dying from it. The study, Central adiposity, obesity during early adulthood, and pancreatic cancer mortality in a pooled analysis of cohort studies, was published in the Annals of Oncology Sept. 7, 2015.
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If you sequence her child’s genome, there is a chance you’ll have good news to report, but there is a chance that the mother’s fears will be realized, and that knowledge could alter both their lives in inconceivable ways.
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In today’s world, doctors order X-rays to diagnose all sorts of problems: a broken bone, pneumonia, heart failure, and much, much more. Mammography, the standard screening method for breast cancer, uses X-rays. We barely think about it, it’s so ubiquitous. But not so long ago, a broken bone, a tumor, or a swallowed object could not be found without cutting a person open.
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