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Phantom Surgeries: Will More Heads Roll in Case of Doctor Who Cut Without Curing?

It’s almost unthinkable. A doctor cutting open patients, fiddling around just enough to make it seem like a surgery is happening, and then sewing them back up without addressing the problem. This isn’t a placebo surgery experiment.

Ethan Watters

Ethan Watters is the author of “Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche,” an examination of the cultural underpinnings of mental illness. A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Men’s Journal, Details, Wired and PRI's “This American Life,” he also has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Talk of the Nation,” CNN and “The Daily Show.” His work has been featured in “The Best American Science and Nature Writing” book series.

Prayer-Fertility Study: Where was the skepticism?

When the Journal of Reproductive Medicine published a study that purported to prove that intercessory prayer can heal people, there were many reasons to be doubtful, regardless of one's religious beliefs.

Q&A with Dr. John Dombrowski: Michael Jackson's bungled pain management may have killed him

Four days after Michael Jackson died of an unexpected heart attack on June 25, Dr. John Dombrowski,an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, posted a letter on his Web site, demanding better pain management for all patients and a recognition that pain care is an important specialty.

Robert A. Montgomery

Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program, Chief of the Division of Transplantation, and Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. He received his Medical education at the University of Rochester where he was the valedictorian of his class. He received his PhD at the University of Oxford, England in molecular immunology. Montgomery completed his general surgical and multi-organ transplantation training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Betsy McCaughey

Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., is a health policy expert and the former Lt. Governor of New York State. She is founder and chairwoman of RID - Reduce Infection Deaths - a national campaign to support greater infection control in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. In addition to serving as Lt.


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