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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 33, No. 1 Fall 2008


Sound & Silence
By Jennifer Durgin

The emotion of learning that your baby was born profoundly deaf. The challenge of learning sign language so you can communicate with her. The angst of deciding whether or not to have a device to help her hear implanted in her head. A Dartmouth Medicine staff member shares the twists and turns in an unexpected parental journey.

By Chin Woon Ping

When an English professor suffers a stroke, someone who personifies facility with language is rendered unable to communicate. But after her skill with words returns, she has a compelling story to tell. Here—in the form of a play—she shares what it feels like to have your brain held hostage.

Lessons in Dying Well
By Deborah Lee Luskin

Most physicians have far more experience with death than the average person does. Even so, when they experience the death of a parent, it shakes them personally and affects them professionally. Four physicians with Dartmouth ties share final lessons learned from a parent—how best to care for someone at the end of life.


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When their daughter, Geneva, was born, Jennifer and Christian Durgin were as proud and excited as any new parents. Then they had to come to terms with the fact that Geneva was profoundly deaf. Jen Durgin, a member of this magazine's staff, shares the family's journey in the feature "Sound & Silence". The cover photo is by Jon Gilbert Fox.

"You are what you eat" applies to lab animals

A chair, but not a beach chair, for Barlowe

National pharm recommendations had DMS roots

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