| Jan 31, 2009
| 7:32 PM
Back in 1973, the country was in the grip of economic woes. A beleaguered Republican president was overseeing an unpopular war abroad and gradually had lost the support of the American people.
The musical response from Merle Haggard at the time was "If...
| Sep 15, 2008
SOMETIMES MY work as a doctor feels like a regular three-ring circus. Three rings under the big top, each with something compelling going on.
You dare not take your eyes off ring No. 1 for fear of missing something. But the lion tamer is strolling into...
| Oct 6, 2008
| 12:22 PM
Medical private practice in Los Angeles has some unique features. We Angelenos fear the occasional earthquake, drought and fire, along with the more frequent wrinkles, subcutaneous fat and less than perfect health. Since we cant do much about the earths...
| May 5, 2008
HIKING along the Dove River in England, I fell hard on my left hip. It was clear that I had broken something and that the rest of my vacation would be spent in a hospital 6,000 miles from home.
Thus began my saga with national healthcare in the United...
| Dec 26, 2006
The book cost $2 million at auction, but large sections are unreadable.
Some of its 348 pages are torn or missing and others are covered with sprawling purple patches of mildew. Sooty edges and water stains indicate a close escape from a fire.
| Jan 14, 2008
A good victory and, paradoxically, the possibility of a good-sized loss.
The Lakers managed to fend off the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-99, Sunday night but lost center Andrew Bynum because of what the team said was a sprained left knee.
Bynum was hurt...
| Feb 3, 2008
What can't I take on a plane?
Beside the obvious (explosives and weapons), the government forbids dozens of items. Different rules apply to checked and carry-on bags. For a full list, log onto the website of the Transportation Security Administration,...
| Oct 8, 2009
Two Americans and an Israeli who mapped the precise structure of the ribosome -- the cell's critical protein-making factory -- won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday.
Their independent work, published in 2000, provides fundamental information...
| Oct 15, 2009
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center did not tell all 206 patients who received radiation overdoses during CT scans of the hospital's error, according to the accounts of four people who said they only came to understand what happened to them through news reports....
| Sep 13, 2009
W.W. Norton: 330 pp., $23.95
Since the first caveman drew images on walls, human beings have had an urge to document their stories in pictures. While that impulse made its way onto paper as comics by the mid-19th century,...
| Jun 19, 1996
On Girls' Day Out, most women indulge in activities like tea and manicures. My friends and I? We go for mammograms.
Let me back up.
A few months ago, I discovered a couple of breast lumps. Although my nurse practitioner felt strongly that they were...