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Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Author Recounts How Opioids Took Hold in America

In 2012, Sam Quinones, a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, almost couldn’t find a publisher for his book on the opioid epidemic. Overdoses were ravaging communities across America. Yet this addiction to opioids—from prescription painkillers to heroin—...Read more

NCI’s Dr. Terri Armstrong

Armstrong Surveys Rare Cancer Patients

Getting diagnosed with cancer is a frightening, uncertain experience. Already anxious about their prognosis...Read more

Filmmaker James Reid

Film Illustrates the Ruin of Snakebite

In an effort to draw the world’s wavering attention to the problem of snakebite—“the most neglected of the world’s neglected...Read more



Streptococcus pyrogenese bound to a human neutrophil
ON THE COVER: Leptospira (shown in green) is a type (genus) of elongated, spiral-shaped bacteria. Infection can cause Weil’s disease, a kind of jaundice, in humans


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Clinical Reactions and Tolerance to LSD in Chronic Schizophrenia

Since 1943, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD 25) has been known to produce an altered state of consciousness similar to that of schizophrenia in normal humans. Information about the reactions of this drug on chronic schizophrenics has, however, been contradictory. In an effort to help resolve this problem, a group of investigators from the NIMH Clinical Investigations Branch began, in February 1954, a study of the effects of LSD administration on patients at Spring Grove State Hospital in Catonsville, Md.

The investigators, which include Drs. Louis Cholden and Charles Savage of NIMH, and Dr. Albert Kurland, Director of Research, the State Hospital, chose a group of patients with the diagnosis of chronic regressed schizophrenia, who had been in the State Hospital for 15 years.

NIH Marks Women's History Month

Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed a one-woman play about equal rights pioneer Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

"Critical Thinking." That's how women at NIH change America, according to organizers of the 2005 Women's History Month celebration, who adapted the occasion's national theme — "Women Change America" — for the NIH audience.

Leading off the celebration, sponsored by NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management on Mar. 9, Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed the one-woman play, Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Author in 1892 of The Yellow Wallpaper, a semi-autobiographical account of a woman's struggle with depression, Gilman was a pundit and lecturer on equal rights for women.

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Leptospira (shown in green) is a type (genus) of elongated, spiral-shaped bacteria. Infection can cause Weil’s disease, a kind of jaundice, in humans