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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 34, No. 2  •  Winter 2009


An Uphill Battle
By Amos Esty

Toxic pollution from smallscale gold-mining. Indiscriminate use of an antibiotic that can lead to hearing loss. Scarce or nonexistent healthcare resources. Those are a few of the problems that are drawing more and more people with Dartmouth ties down to Nicaragua.

"The most unspeakable terror"
By By Emily Baumrin, William Corbett, Amita Kulkarni, and Lee A. Witters, M.D.

In the 1800s, childbirth was often fraught with fear and death rather than joy. But growing knowledge about the cause of puerperal fever—also known as childbed fever—eventually brought the epidemic of maternal and infant mortality under control.

The Longest Run
By Jonathan A. Stableford

When a fit-as-a-fiddle marathoner collides with a near-fatal bout of pneumonia, he finds that getting back on his feet takes far longer than he had imagined. In fact, his recovery calls for more fortitude, emotionally and physically, than a grueling road race.


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These hard-of-hearing children, plus thousands of other Nicaraguans facing health challenges, are a bit better off thanks to the efforts of a web of Dartmouth-related initiatives. The associated feature is titled "An Uphill Battle". The photo was taken by Dartmouth Medicine's managing editor, Amos Esty.


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