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Why Health Care Should Bring Back the House Call

Years ago, as a family physician in Louisiana, I made house calls. Certain patients were too sick or too hurt to get to my office. Sometimes a condition or injury had worsened, requiring my evaluation bedside. I would visit patients at home for the simplest of reasons: home was where they needed …

What is a quantum computer?

QUANTUM mechanics and computers traditionally don't mix. The strange fuzziness of the quantum world is a big obstacle for chip designers, who work …

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Carrying home the evolutionary advantage

A GENTLE pat on the back and a short walk can put a crying baby to sleep. Four-legged newborns, too, calm down when their mothers hold them by the …

Attention, everyone

AFTER nearly two decades, the new DSM has arrived. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a 947-page guide to ailments of the …

A killing in Karachi

THE police in Karachi say they still have an open mind about the murder, late on May 18th, of Zohra Shahid Hussain, a senior politician with the …

A hospital case

SAINT GORAN’S hospital is one of the glories of the Swedish welfare state. It is also a laboratory for applying business principles to the public …