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Vol. 19 No. 1Winter 1999
The Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

P&S Journal Cover

Chairman, Editorial Board
Donald F. Tapley, M.D.
Senior Deputy Vice President for Health Sciences

Bonita Eaton Enochs
Assistant Vice President, External Relations
Director of Publications

Contributing Writers
William Allstetter
Nicholas Christy, M.D.
Morton Creditor’47
Barron Lerner’86
Sally R. McLain
Kristen Watson

Alumni News Editor
Marianne Wolff, M.D.

Alumni Writer
Peter Wortsman

Howard Roberts
HRoberts Design

Editorial Board
Rita Charon, M.D.
Suzanne Cullinane’00
Kenneth Forde, M.D.
Bruce Forester, M.D.
Oscar Garfein, M.D.
Leonard C. Harber, M.D.
Corrine Horn’00
Edgar Housepian, M.D.
Georgiana Jagiello, M.D.
Jonathan LaPook, M.D.
Stephen E. Novak
Carmen Ortiz-Neu, M.D.
Herbert Pardes, M.D.
Keith Reemtsma, M.D.
John Schullinger, M.D.
Joseph Tenenbaum, M.D.
John Truman, M.D.
Myron Weisfeldt, M.D.

P&S is published three times a year for alumni, faculty, students, and other supporters of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. It is published by the college and the P&S Alumni Association through the Office of External Relations.

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Deputy Vice President

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Faculty Remembered: Bernard Schoenberg, 1927-1979

Research Reports

  • Regulatory proteins may prevent reactivation of chicken pox virus
  • Researchers discover new mechanism for muscle contraction
  • A parent’s smoke increases child’s surgery risk
  • Genetic studies reveal complexities of heart arrhythmias
  • Blocking “rage” prevents diabetic atherosclerosis
  • Study confirms light therapy’s role in treating winter depression

Clinical Advances

  • New space-age surroundings for sickest pediatric patients
  • City’s most comprehensive diabetes center opens

Theories in Medicine: Panic Attacks

Fighting the “War” on Breast Cancer: How a Metaphor has Shaped the Debate on Early Detection and Treatment

    Words like war, front, time bombs, battle, and enemy cloud the debates surrounding breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, says a P&S physician and historian.

Learning To Be A Doctor (Then)

    The names are legendary: Atchley, Loeb, Richards, Seegal, and Gutman. One alumnus, a recipient of the teaching by these giants, describes Loeb as the frosting on the cake but argues that the others were necessary for complete nourishment.

Learning To Be A Doctor (Now)

    P&S looks ahead to 2049 and tries to predict which of today’s teachers will be remembered by alumni as their legendary mentors.

P&S Students

    While their classmates study in P&S library stacks, labs, classrooms, and amphitheaters, some students take leaves to supplement their medical studies, fulfill a lifelong passion, or simply to get some other interest out of their system.

Ethics in Medicine: End-of-Life Decision-Making

    In the continuing “Ethics in Medicine” series, excerpts from an alumni reunion weekend panel discussion reflect the complexities of end-of-life decisions.

Molecular Cardiology: New Effort to Fight Old Problem

    Heart disease continues to be a leading killer, despite the increased knowledge and improved research, diagnostic, and treatment tools available. A new program looks for answers in molecular biology.

P&S News

Donations of the Paper Kind

    Donations to Archives & Special Collections.

In Memoriam

    Faculty and alumni who have died.

Alumni Section

Back Issues

ON THE COVER: Jay Lefkowitch’76 has come full circle. His career as a pathologist and one of the best teachers at P&S in the 1990s started as a P&S student, when he was tapped by pathology chairman Donald King to illustrate two of Dr. King’s textbooks. He has mixed medicine and art ever since. The cover blends an illustration by Dr. Lefkowitch with photos of legendary teachers of the 1940s. In the cover stories, which begin on Page 15, Morton Creditor’47 reflects on teaching in the 1940s and P&S projects which of today’s teachers may become the legends of the 1990s.