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The Cancer Chair

Is suffering meaningless?

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Junk Science

From statements made about opioid use in Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management for Returning Veterans and Their Families, by Derek McGinnis, an Iraq War veteran. Exit Wounds is one of several…

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Innocents

Where pregnant women have more to fear than Zika

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Object Lesson

From When the Sun Bursts, by Christopher Bollas, out this month from Yale University Press. Bollas has been a practicing psychoanalyst for more than forty years.

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Surviving a Failed Pregnancy

The medical ordeal no one wants to talk about

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A Brief History of Scent

The smell of life and death — and everything in between

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Gaboxadol

In 1755 the naturalist Stepan Krasheninnikov observed the Amanita muscaria mushroom’s effects on Russian soldiers in Siberia ingesting it for the first time. Claiming to have been seized by an…

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Herbal Remedies

As a holistic nutritionist, I often work with people who have trouble sleeping. Some wake throughout the night; others jolt up at two a.m. and are unable to return to…

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Bed-wetting

Whereas child bed wetters in sixteenth-century England had been directed for their malady to consume the testicles of a hedgehog or the windpipe of a cock, Enlightenment science, which rejected…

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