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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 34, No. 1  •  Fall 2009


Medicine in the Mountains
By Rosalie Hughes and Katherine Kosman

The people of the Himalayas live amid the world's highest peaks but suffer some of its lowest health indicators. Two young women with Dartmouth ties—a recent graduate of Dartmouth College and a current student at Dartmouth Medical School—recently traveled with health-care teams to remote villages there.

By Amos Esty

A pair of Dartmouth Medical School researchers has become increasingly wise to the ways of the circadian clocks that control the daily routines of virtually every organism on Earth—from human beings to the simple fungus that they study.

Pondering Personhood
By Robert Martensen, M.D.

Two comatose teenage boys, 20 years and 200 miles apart, lead a noted ethicist and medical historian to ponder the nature of personhood—the nuances of determining if and when death is inevitable. This feature is excerpted from a new book by a DMS alumnus.


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Prayer flags fluttering from stores and trees, stunning scenery, and grinding medical hardships: these are among the memories that two young women came away with from their time in the Himalayas. The related feature is titled "Medicine in the Mountains". The cover photo is by Katherine Kosman, DMS '11.


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