Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Penn Medicine Magazine

Coming Soon in Penn Medicine: Health Costs and Innovators

By John Shea | October 28, 2016 | Comments image from

The villain of the piece may change from year to year or even month to month -– it may be a cancer drug that costs more than $120,000 a year, or Turing’s Daraprim, or Mylan MV’s EpiPen -– but drug companies have been excoriated in the media with increasing frequency... Read more

A Champion of Professionalism and Humanism

By John Shea | August 24, 2016 | Comments 6a0168e81dfe9c970c01bb092ec72a970d

All things considered, it’s hard not to feel that Paul Lanken, MD, GME ’77, was the best possible choice to speak to this year’s incoming students of the Perelman School of Medicine. As Gail Morrison, MD, GME ’79, the senior vice dean for Education, put it at this month’s White... Read more

Precision Medicine Takes Center Stage at Penn

By John Shea | June 27, 2016 | Comments image from

What once was called “personalized medicine” at Penn used to be practiced primarily by individuals or small groups of researchers and clinicians drawn to its possibilities. But as the cover story in the Summer 2016 issue of Penn Medicine demonstrates, the ability to harness vast amounts of information and apply... Read more

Penn Medicine’s New Issue: The Power of Partnership

By John Shea | April 8, 2016 | Comments image from

Although Penn Medicine magazine has often run articles on the work of physicians and researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who are associated with the Perelman School of Medicine, this issue’s cover story is perhaps the first to look more broadly at the longstanding relationship between the two institutions.... Read more

Fracking, Blogging, and Creating Art: The New Issue of "Penn Medicine"

By John Shea | December 2, 2015 | Comments PM_FALL COVER

“Just a few years ago, the term fracking might have drawn a perplexed stare from most of the general population.” That’s how writer Mark Wolverton puts it in “Fracking and Public Health: Finding the Best Balance,” the cover story of the Fall 2015 issue of Penn Medicine. Perplexity is certainly... Read more

Brain Injury Revisited

By John Shea | October 14, 2015 | Comments image from

Image by Graham Perry This summer, one of the National Football League’s most honored linebackers, Junior Seau, was inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame -- posthumously. The Dallas Morning News described him as “probably the most dynamic player of his era.” But only Seau’s family attended the induction: the... Read more

The New Issue: The Past, the Present, and the Future

By John Shea | July 22, 2015 | Comments image from

As the Perelman School of Medicine continues its yearlong celebration of its 250 years, the Summer 2015 issue of Penn Medicine looks back at its illustrious history and looks ahead to some promising developments. The issue’s topics include celebrations, acknowledgments of achievement, and a close look at a center we... Read more

Penn Medicine’s Global Reach to the Far East

By John Shea | May 4, 2015 | Comments image from

John Morgan, MD, whose passionate advocacy for establishing the first medical school in America swayed the trustees of the College of Philadelphia back in 1765, did not lack for ambition. As we look back to where and when the Perelman School of Medicine began, however, it’s likely that even Morgan... Read more

Way Back When -- and Right Now

By John Shea | April 9, 2015 | Comments Image1

When it comes to longevity, no other American medical school can beat the Perelman School of Medicine. As the year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the school’s founding continues, the Spring 2015 issue of Penn Medicine has the good fortune of running a dozen pages from its new history,... Read more

Designs and Redesigns

By John Shea | November 10, 2014 | Comments Cover

With the Fall 2014 issue of Penn Medicine, we unveiled a redesigned magazine. Graham Perry of NCS Studios remains our designer, but he and his colleagues have introduced a new look to our pages. Many photos are now run larger; the body text has changed; most articles are now set... Read more

Penn Med Alum is the ‘Mama Doc’ of Health Bloggers

By John Shea | October 17, 2014 | Comments Wendy-Sue-Swanson,-M.D.

The Fall 2014 issue of Penn Medicine, redesigned for a more contemporary look, includes a very contemporary feature that would have been unimaginable when I became editor of the magazine. The article about Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, who earned her medical degree and master’s degree in bioethics from Penn in... Read more

A Visionary Dean, 44 Years Before Health Care Reform

By John Shea | September 3, 2014 | Comments image from

Alfred A. Gellhorn, MD Compare these two quotations. First: “Medical want in the midst of medical riches is an unconscionable inequity, and it could be socially explosive. Good medical care for some of the people some of the time is no longer acceptable; competent medical care for all of the... Read more

Medical Missions: Now and Then

By John Shea | July 24, 2014 | Comments image from

Having been an editor of Penn Medicine publications for, um, several years, I’ve been privileged to learn about some of the many medical missions abroad that the institution’s physicians, nurses, and alumni have taken part in. Occasionally, our magazines have covered such initiatives. In the most recent issue of Penn... Read more

Some Firsts of the First

By John Shea | August 23, 2013 | Comments Illos

John Morgan, MD The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest medical school in the nation –- and it’s getting older every day. In fact, it is 99.3 percent of the way to reaching 250 years old. On May 3, 1765, the trustees of the... Read more

That Was Then, and This Is Now. Or Is It?

By John Shea | May 23, 2013 | Comments

I hold the publication in my hands. It features an article on “chronobiology” and sleep studies. It includes some faculty newsmakers, such as Albert J. Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry, one of Penn’s well-known experts on sleep disorders; Peter Quinn, DMD, MD, a leader in surgically treating the most painful... Read more

Unfit for Duty? Blame Mom

By John Shea | April 18, 2013 | Comments

It was a book that was excerpted in The Saturday Evening Post, featured in Time magazine, reviewed enthusiastically in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and recommended by Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. It earned mixed reviews in The Journal of the American Medical Association and... Read more

The Dinges Factor, Through the Years

By John Shea | January 7, 2013 | Comments

The new issue of Penn Medicine (Fall 2012) has a cover story on the work of David F. Dinges, PhD, with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The article’s hook is the recent completion of the Mars-500 experiment, a multinational effort to simulate a manned mission to Mars. Six...

Art and Insanity

By John Shea | November 15, 2012 | Comments

Was modern art insane? Was modern art -– often defined as art that broke from classical traditions in Europe beginning in the mid-19th century –- created by artists with mental diseases, for appreciation by those with sick minds? To hear what some Penn psychiatrists had to say in the 1920s,... Read more

Psychiatry and Eugenics

By John Shea | October 23, 2012 | Comments

The forthcoming Fall 2012 issue of Penn Medicine will include Part 1 of Marshall Ledger’s engrossing article on psychiatry at Penn. The article is timed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Medical Inquiries and Observations, Upon the Diseases of the Mind, by Dr. Benjamin Rush, considered the... Read more

Good Ideas, Both Old and New

By John Shea | September 7, 2012 | Comments

As I was reading about the early years of the Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine recently, I came upon a surprising case of anticipation. Learning about a new program -- in 1949 -- reminded me once again that some ideas are good enough to go around more than once. Read more

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