Physician-artists go public, bringing art to Boynton, oral history makes the past present, and the many reasons to sing.

Journey into the Unknown

Frustrated by his patients who avoided health screenings, Arne Vainio, M.D., turned the camera on himself and created a remarkably personal documentary film.

Tales from the Clinic

Medical students use the written word to gain insight into their clinical experiences.

The Year of Living Creatively

Colloquium honors six medical students who have pursued artistic endeavors.

End Notes

Sense of Balance

By Katharine “Kaz” Nelson, M.D.

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The Physician and the Pen

Winners of our sixth annual writing contest share the stories they cannot forget.

Winning student entry

Gone, but Not Forgotten

By Rebecca Stepan


Winning physician entry

On the Navajo Reservation

By Therese Zink, M.D., M.P.H.


Clinical & Health Affairs

Price and Quality Transparency: How Effective for Health Care Reform?

By John A. Nyman, Ph.D., and Chia-hsuan W. Li, B.S.P.H.


Woman’s Best Friend?

By Katherine T. Franklin, M.D., and Thomas W. Day, M.D.


Resolution of Recurrent Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea Using Staggered Antibiotic Withdrawal and Kefir

By Johan S. Bakken, M.D., Ph.D.


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