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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 36, No. 2  •  Winter 2011


Defense Mechanism
By Amos Esty

Our national defense is in jeopardy, argues DMS faculty member Kendall Hoyt, due to a decline in the success of the U.S. vaccine industry. During the 20th century, many diseases—from polio to smallpox—were felled by vaccines. But in the 21st, we've been unable to develop agents against either natural scourges like SARS or bioweapons like anthrax.

Ice Pick
By Malcolm Schongalla

When a Dartmouth medical student picked Antarctica as the place to serve one of his elective rotations, he was consigning himself to seven weeks of ice, snow, and cold. But he came away with warm feelings for those who work at the far end of the Earth.

Up, Up, and Away!
By Jennifer Durgin

Launching a research career in the biomedical sciences takes more than just the right degrees and training. To become successful, young scientists must also land at a supportive institution, get guidance from a savvy mentor, and find what some call the "fire in the belly." At DMS, several new initiatives are helping junior researchers learn to soar scientifically.


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Cutting-edge medicine is all relative. In an Antarctic research camp, it's a magic-markered sign on an insulated tent. That's one of the lessons that medical student Malcolm Schongalla learned during an elective at the far end of the Earth. See the article "Ice Pick" to read about his experiences (and see more of his photographs).


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


Editor's Note

By Dana Cook Grossman


Vital Signs



"A celebration of generosity"
—By Kate Villars

Faculty Focus

"William Black, M.D.: Call to order"
—By Amos Esty

Alumni Album

"Andrew Auerbach, M.D., '92: The reluctant hospitalist"
—By Lauren Arcuri

Point of View

—By Rosalie Hughes

Student Notebook

"Turning point"
—By Erin Sullivan, M.D.

Grand Rounds

"Team work"
—By Mary G. Turco, Ed.D.

Art of Medicine

"Whose Woods These Are . . . "
—By Seymour E. Wheelock, M.D.

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