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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 33, No. 4  •  Summer 2009


The Road to Reform

With U.S. health-care costs at $2.4 trillion and rising, there is unprecedented urgency to the national debate about reforming the health-care system. Previous efforts to fix the country's current model have foundered on its complexity, but this time what's widely referred to as "the Dartmouth research" may make a difference. Here are perspectives first from a current leader of that research, and then from a slate of alumni—clinicians in various specialties from all across the country.

Hardy Stock
By Jennifer Durgin

Aging well is often cast in physical terms—as an absence of disease or disability. But the psychological aspects of aging can be just as important, as two profiles reveal. That's a message that Dartmouth's one-year-old Centers for Health and Aging is helping to spread.

The Rest of the Story...

The 1982 Hitchcock annual report told a tale involving a toddler, a swimming pool, a near-drowning, and the specialists who restored the little boy to health. Now, more than 25 years later, one of his doctors reveals a crucial but unheralded role played by a crusty colleague.


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Washington policymakers have for some time been beating a path to Dartmouth's door, in the hope that the health-care utilization research pioneered amid the green hills of New Hampshire can help to stanch the flow of red ink from the nation's health-care system. The cover illustration is by Bert Dodson. See the related feature.


Dartmouth Medicine seeks to convey the breadth and depth of the education, research, and clinical activities of DMS and DHMC; to serve as a publication of historical record; to stimulate thought and discussion on issues in medicine and medical education; and to reflect the range of opinions and activities among Dartmouth medical students, faculty, and alumni. Abbreviations used in these pages include DMS (Dartmouth Medical School), DHMC (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center), MHMH (Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital), and DC (Dartmouth College). The opinions of contributors do not necessarily reflect those of DMS or DHMC.


Staff & Contributors

Ironing out a problem for CF patients

A matchy-matchy day for the fourth-years

The Road to Reform

Hardy Stock

Judy Stern, Ph.D.: The accidental career

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