Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Penn Medicine Magazine

A Visionary Dean, 44 Years Before Health Care Reform

By John Shea | September 3, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14090320/c9c7f241-b235-4975-ba4d-1443c9bda5aa.png

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 http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14072413/3a1c8414-0d5a-413a-8f66-6cb13965d85b.png

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

Integrating Knowledge – of All Sorts

By John Shea | August 17, 2012 | Comments Bioethics-topics

If it wasn’t for Jonathan Moreno, PhD, bioethicist and historian of science, I might never have heard about Clyven, “The First Transgenic Mouse with Human Intelligence.” This “hu-mouse” is said to be so intelligent that he’ll answer your questions at the Web site of RYT Hospital. In the course of... Read more

The Rickels Standard

By John Shea | July 9, 2012 | Comments

“We need new and better ways to treat our patients, not just ‘me, too’ medications. We need new and daring approaches. Our patients deserve it!”

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