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This post discusses Anne Fadiman's award-winning book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. The book talks about the medical experiences of Lia Lee, a young Hmong girl who is diagnosed early in her life as having medical seizures.

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This post discusses the film Revolutionary Road and Allan Brandt's book, The Cigarette Century.

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Reforms unlikely to defeat obesity

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This post discusses the life story of Dr. Leon Bass, a black veteran and educator whose wife died of Alzheimer's disease, and two other books related to the topic.

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Isabelle Walker says that it is important to get beyond just the emergency room stories and look at longer trends, something difficult to do if you are not dedicated to the field.

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I wanted to share a story I wrote about a local author who published a memoir on her struggles with bipolar disorder. I interviewed her about her book, "Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self," which is a frank and detailed account of what it was like growing up in a traditional Mexican-American family that did not possess a "manual" for how to handle her illness, and her own struggle to accept her illness.

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My former colleague at the Los Angeles Times, Myron Levin, played an important role in unearthing new information about cell phone use and car accidents.

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A USC student never expected to study medicine by getting cancer.

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