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Lessons in End-of-Life Care from the V.A.

The voice on the phone was that of an older man. He sounded cultured, well educated, and thoughtful. Also very angry. The man, Roy, had called me to describe some of the ways in which the health care system had failed his wife, Sheila, and him, when she was hospitalized for…

Casarett: What I Learned at the Weed Dispensary

The first time you meet Robin, it’s easy to be misled by her fragile appearance. She’s in her 40s and painfully thin, and she grips her aluminum walker with hands that have been twisted by rheumatoid arthritis. But she’s both tough and resourceful, and she doesn’t give up easily. I met…

Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

No substance on earth is as hotly debated as marijuana. Opponents claim it’s dangerous, addictive, carcinogenic, and a gateway to serious drug abuse. Fans claim it as a wonder drug, treating cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, PTSD, and insomnia. Patients suffering from these conditions need—and deserve—hard facts based on medical…