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Vol. 19 No. 3 Fall 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

Science Editor
William Allstetter

Contributing Writers
Paul Candon
Nicholas Christy, M.D.
Michael Hyde
Chris Tedeschi
Kristen Watson

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
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New York, NY 10032

E-mail: psjournal@columbia.edu

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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

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


Faculty Remembered: Albert Grokoest, 1917-1991

Clinical Advances

  • Bypassing heart transplants
  • Squeezing the pain away
  • Asthma center provides comprehensive care

Research Reports

  • LDL cholesterol increases risk of dementia after stroke
  • New compound reduces stroke damage
  • Memory loss patterns help in diagnosis of Alzheimer's
  • Viagra offers women little benefit
  • Gene associated with hair loss and immune suppression
  • Moderate exercise may be best for congestive heart failure
  • Olfaction receptors found in fruit fly

Scientists in the New ("Outside") World

    Being a scientist was once a sheltered experience. With research budgets tightening and the growing popularity of non-scientific institutions, scientists are leaving their labs to help shape a new public image.

P&S Students

    In the Humanities and Medicine Seminar, a second-year course, students strengthen their interpretive and narrative capacities as doctors.

Death of a Cell...by Suicide

    Apoptosis is one of the hottest topics in biomedical research. Several P&S researchers have made fundamental discoveries about the basic mechanisms of cell suicide and its role in health and sickness.

When Helping the Homeless Means Treating the Homeless

    Critical Time Intervention helps mentally ill homeless men make the transition into living in the community again.

P&S News

In Memoriam

    Faculty and alumni who have died

Alumni Section

    Profile: Charles S. Houston'39

Back Issues

ON THE COVER: Charles S. Houston, a 1939 graduate of P&S,reached historical heights in mountain climbing, in high-altitude medicine, and. as this photo reveals. in photography. This photo of the summit of Mount Everest was taken in 1950 when Dr. Houston and fellow climbers were the first Westerners to cross this part of Nepal and to see this side of Everest. Taken from 19,000 feet across the valley on the south side of Mount Everest, this photo by Dr. Houston is the first photo ever taken of the lower end of the great iceflow out of the West Cwm, an enclosed valley of ice between Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge, and the last 2,000 feet of Mount Everest, showing the first and second "steps" on the Tibetan side. Alumni Profile, page 36.