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  • Vol. 27, No. 3 Spring 2003

Table of Contents and Masthead (PDF) 82 KB

Editor's Note by Dana Cook Grossman, and Staff List (HTML) (PDF) 33 KB


Blood Pressure
By Laura Stephenson Carter (HTML) (PDF) 414 KB (Continued PDF) 68 KB

Ensuring a sufficient and safe supply of donated blood is a growing challenge for medicine. A member of the Dartmouth faculty is a national leader in the field.

One March Morning
By Timothy Rooney, M.D. (HTML) (PDF) 489 KB

The old Vermonter's stoicism made a strong impression on the medical student who was helping to care for him. Would modern medicine be able to repair his twisted, diseased intestine? Or would healing be dependent on the will of the gnarled old farmer?

Exhuming Bonaparte
By Robert E. Gosselin, Ph.D., M.D. (HTML) (PDF) 464 KB

Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821, but the cause of his demise is still being debated. Experts continue to dig up— figuratively and even literally— facts about his final illness. A retired Dartmouth toxicologist who has long been fascinated with the French leader paints a picture of the puzzling case as if it were a modern clinicopathologic conference.

Life's Final Passage
By Richard A. Parker, M.D.

A DMS alumnus shares his thoughts about the end of life —reflections that are pertinent for health-care providers who want to ease their patients' final passage, as well as for individuals who want to be prepared for their own or a loved one's last journey.


Vital Signs (HTML) (PDF) 572 KB (Continued PDF) 68 KB

The news in this issue includes word that more medical care is not better (page 3), that the top paper in Science came from a DMS lab (page 6), and that women do just as well as men after angioplasty (page 10).

Point of View (HTML) (PDF) 70 KB
By Megan McAndrew Cooper

Student Notebook (HTML) (PDF) 70 KB
By David Bauer

Bench to Bedside (HTML) (PDF) 70 KB
By Athos J. Rassias, M.D.

Letters from Readers (HTML) (PDF) 193 KB

Development (HTML) (PDF) 171 KB
"Where the puck is going to be"
Barbra Alan

Faculty Focus (HTML) (PDF) 53 KB
Paul Manganiello, M.D.

Alumni Album (HTML) (PDF) 47 KB
Jerold Lucey, M.D., DC '48

Grand Rounds (HTML) (PDF) 49 KB
By C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D.

For the Record (HTML) (PDF) 44 KB
By Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D.


Blood is all over movie screens these days (for a story on that subject, see page 8), but it's sometimes in short supply in operating theaters. See page 26 for the inside story on blood transfusions. The cover photo, of an archetypal bag of donated blood, is by Steve Allen.

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