Pediatrics Perspective

 
 
  • Should Physicians Be Prescribing Prayer? In the past, suggesting that prayer or religious faith could affect disease invited skepticism if not outright ridicule in the American medical community. Now, the idea is being taken seriously.
  • Whose Prescription Is It, Anyway? This 14-year-old boy has one of the most severe cases of ADD the author has encountered. And yet the author remains very conflicted about pharmacologically altering this young man against his will.
  • Continuity of Care: Relationship with a Former Patient The only thing that really changes about the role of a parent of adult children is the shape that the involvement takes.
  • Taking Shots: The Modern Miracle of Vaccines The miracle of life-saving, disease-preventing vaccines is simply too important to become mired in fallacious arguments, fear, or politics.
  • Some Depressing News Clinical depression, which affects 2 out of 10 Americans, interferes with just about every aspect of a victim's life. Can we afford not to prescribe antidepressants, despite the recent negative press?
  • Soft Drinks, Schools, and Obesity Have physicians been AWOL in the biggest epidemic in America today?
  • Ecstasy This troubled 19-year-old has a history of depression, manic behavior, learning disabilities, and substance abuse. Now he has found a new drug to play with.
  • Another New Year Dr. Markel reflects on the health of the world as we enter into 2004, stressing that there is so much we can actually do to improve the lives of so many people.
  • Thanksgiving Read this inspirational article about a physician and a special patient that touched his life forever.
  • The Global Path of the Mosquito Despite remarkable advances in medicine and technology, the threat of mosquito-borne infections traveling around the world is greater than ever.
  • Fast Food, Obesity, and Hospitals Would it be more intellectually honest if hospitals began to name cardiovascular units after the fast-food vendors located on their premises rather than after donors who contribute to construction?
  • Lessons From the SARS Epidemic Compare the level of attention given to the 300 or so people who have died of SARS since November 2002 to the attention given to the 300 who died of AIDS during the past hour.