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?
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.
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).
- Assessing outcomes of high-cost care at the end of life
- FACTS & FIGURES
- Orthopaedics is now a department, with Weinstein as chair
- Bariatric surgery can increase life expectancy
- DMS geneticists win prize for best paper in Science
- Dartmouth alumnus scores neurosurgical success at DHMC
- Preteen film fare is the subject of a Dartmouth study
- DMS students can click on CLIPP to learn pediatrics
- In looking at the brain, many heads are better than one
- Heartening news for women with cardiac problems
- Dialysis patient works magic with music
- Helping teens with questions about sexuality
- "Plastic firefly" gets a close look at the intestine
- Study explores how students' attitudes evolve
- Poetry about a deep, dark subject
- Parlez? Habla? Sprechen? Flisni? In New Hampshire?
- A Glass house makes the news
- A writing lesson for the reading pleasure of M.D.'s and patients
- MEDIA MENTIONS : DMS & DHMC IN THE NEWS
- New on the bookshelf: Recent releases by DMS faculty authors
- FROM OUR PAGES
- Worthy of note: Honors, awards, appointments, etc.
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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