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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 34, No. 4  •  Summer 2010


Meeting Needs
By Amos Esty

Alumnus Chidi Achebe wields powerful weapons—an M.D., an M.P.H., and an M.B.A., plus a can-do spirit—in addressing the health-care disparities and needs of Boston's inner city.

Both Sides Now
By Trevor Bayliss, M.D.

A young physician-in-training writes about the doctor-patient relationship from the perspective of someone who has experienced both sides of that bond.

What Matters
By Meredith J. Sorensen, M.D.

When a surgery resident arrived in Tanzania for a four-week rotation, she was at first horrified by the conditions there. But as the weeks passed, she came to appreciate the constraints and to realize what really matters in medicine.

Map Quest

The decades-long quest to parse the piecemeal nature of the American health-care system has put Dartmouth on the map. But along with plaudits has come criticism. Here, two experts behind the renowned Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care explain why its findings really do hold up.


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Unfortunately, it rained the day photographer Jon Gilbert Fox was in Boston to photograph Dr. Chidi Achebe. But there's a silver lining to the day's clouds in that the umbrella Achebe obligingly hoisted is not a bad metaphor for the coverage he extends to the residents of Boston's inner city. See the associated feature, "Meeting Needs".


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