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The Immortality Myth

Dismissing the Immortality Myth: Improving Care and Incidentally Reducing Costs Is our “death evasion fantasy” driving up health care costs? Check out this provocative commentary from our May 2013 issue. -Ed. A major driver of health care costs that seems to be off limits for any discussion is the American trait of denying death, with […]

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Mortality from Homicide

Mortality from Homicide among Young Black Men: A New American Tragedy In 1925, in the classic novel An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser portrayed a poignant yet powerful picture of youthful loneliness in industrial society and of the American mirage that beckons some of the young to disaster. In 2012, an American tragedy of far greater […]

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The Fallen Soldier

Remembering the Fallen Soldier: John McCrae on Flanders Fields The name John McCrae is not one instantly recognized in the annals of medical history. Although a friend and colleague of such giants as William Osler and Harvey Cushing, McCrae’s contribution to history is the mournful poem In Flanders Field, which he wrote on a World […]

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Mortality Rates for Black Males

United States Counties with Low Black Male Mortality Rates In only 66 out of 1307 US counties, black men have a lower mortality than white men. What makes these counties different? Abstract Objective In the United States, young and middle-aged black men have significantly higher total mortality than any other racial or ethnic group. We […]

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Dec 2012: Gait Speed & Functionality

Gait speed and functional ability give physicians longevity clues regarding their geriatric patients. Editor-in-chief Dr. Joseph S. Alpert reviews new geriatric research in the December 2012 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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