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Vol. 19 No. 2Spring 1999
The Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

Vol. 19 No. 2-Spring 1999 The Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

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.
Michael Gershon
Michael Hyde
Elzy Kolb
Naomi Starobin

Assistant to the Editor
Angela Muniz

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.

William A. Polf, Ph.D.
Deputy Vice President

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P&S Editor
College of Physicians and Surgeons
630 W. 168th St.
New York, NY 10032

E-mail: psjournal@columbia.edu

Alumni should update their addresses by writing the Alumni Association at the address above or calling the alumni office at (212) 305-1454.
Faculty should contact their departmental administrators to update their addresses, obtained through the Columbia University personnel system.
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P&S is printed on recycled paper

Past issues of P&S are available on the World Wide Web at

The editor acknowledges the help of Angela Muniz of the Office of External Relations in preparation of this issue.


Faculty Remembered: Edward B. Schlesinger, 1913-1997

Research Reports

  • Arsenic and cancer
  • Researchers synthesize compound with possible link to macular degeneration
  • One or two drinks a day may keep stroke away
  • Reversing breast cancer through gene therapy
  • New approach for efficiently isolating differentially expressed genes
  • Microbeam helps show how radiation mutates genes
  • Researchers find little evidence to support religion-health link

Clinical Advances

  • Hole in skull relieves pressure during deadly stroke
  • New treatment for snoring avoids postoperative pain

Serotonin: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

    Serotonin. Serotonin. Everywhere serotonin. This neurotransmitter has taken center stage in research and treatment projects.

“The Second Brain”

    In this excerpt from his 1998 book, Dr. Michael Gershon describes the genesis of his love affair with serotonin.

Class of 1999

Gerald Thomson: A Lifetime in New York Medicine

    He’s one of Columbia-Presbyterian’s own, making his mark as a physician, mentor, patient advocate, administrator, and trailblazer.

P&S Students

    A new student group is making it easier for students to pursue learning experiences overseas.

P&S News

In Memoriam

Alumni Section

    Profile: Howard Roffwarg’58

Postcard from the Past

Back Issues


ON THE COVER: Three members of the Class of 1999 are, from left, Monica Manandhar, Rosemary Sampogna, and Barry Sandoval.