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washington post
Amanda Schaffer

Lost at Sea on the Brink of the Second World War
The S.S. Robin Moor set out from New York City on May 6, 1941, for a routine shipping run to Africa. All did not go as planned.

The Bugs That Live On Us and Around Us
If every disease is the result, in some way, of political and scientific choices, then why don’t we make better choices?

How Jehovah's Witnesses Are Changing Medicine
Jehovah’s Witnesses have led some doctors to reconsider the way they use blood transfusions for everyone. (A three-part series)

An Atlas of Genetic Time
Scientists have taken a key step toward mapping a mammal’s genome in space and time

How to Think about Vaccines
The resistance to vaccination represents a failure to appreciate our profound connectedness and mutual responsibility

A Breakthrough in a Disease that Noone Likes to Talk About
A scientific advance in understanding endometriosis

The Return of Whooping Cough
The disease is evolving in a way that vaccine-preventable afflictions rarely do

Do Our Bones Influence Our Minds?
Osteocalcin is a messenger, sent by bone to regulate crucial processes all over the body

The No-Label Movement
Any argument for bucking diagnostic norms should be grounded in data—not speculation about gender and long-ago ancestors

The Moral Dilemmas of Doctors During Disaster
In “Five Days at Memorial,” Sheri Fink describes an awful example set by doctors and nurses during Hurricane Katrina