About the Story This Personal History piece, published in the June 20, 2011 issue of the New Yorker, chronicles the diagnosis and treatment of the author’s nine-month-old daughter’s brain tumor To read more, visit  http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/06/13/110613fa_fact_hemon#ixzz1QizFyfiN   About the Author Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project,which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and […]

In a world convulsed by war and hatred, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative stands as a rare and inspiring example of what can be done when countries across the globe work together against a common enemy. Internationally acclaimed photographer Sebastiao Salgado uses numerous eye-catching photographs to narrate the global campaign, begun in 1988, to eradicate […]

About the Project Provided by the patients, their friends, families, and caregivers of those diagnaosed with lung cancer, these very personal stories offer inspired insight into the ways families and professionals care for both themselves and the patient, gain a deeper understanding of the relationships, and learn to come to terms with the end of life. […]

The Mind’s Eye

December 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

About the Book Sacks, famous for combining his knowledge as a physician and his compassion for human stories of coping with neurological disorders, offers case histories of six individuals adjusting to major changes in their vision. A renowned pianist has lost the ability to read music scores and must cope with the fear of an […]

The Book This edited anthology, which includes poems, essays, short stories, and other creative forms (e.g., a radio diary, a letter to a social service agency), is organized into sections that include Body and Self, Diagnosis and Treatment, Womanhood, Family Life and Caregiving, Professional Life and Illness, and Advocacy. Most works found their way into […]

About the Project Medical science still cannot say what causes schizophrenia, but a few things are certain: that schizophrenia is global, that it shows up in just about every culture, and that it is very widespread. One out of every one hundred people in a given population are afflicted by schizophrenia (there are 2.5 million […]

About the Book Excerpt In this chapter from late in his autobiography Williams focuses on his subjective experience in caring for patients. The unusual truthfulness of patients in need, their “coming to grips with the intimate conditions of their lives,” inspires him both personally and artistically, as a poet. The things that patients reveal about […]

By Atul Gawande (For Annals of Medicine for the New Yorker) Sara Thomas Monopoli was pregnant with her first child when her doctors learned that she was going to die. It started with a cough and a pain in her back. Then a chest X-ray showed that her left lung had collapsed, and her chest […]