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July 23, 2002
Vol. LIV, No. 15

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NIGMS Scientist Relaxes, Relates and Releases with T'ai Chi

Connect to Chemistry
Resources via the NIH Library

Research Festival Poster Deadline, Aug. 16

Course on Clinical Pharmacology Planned

Relief for Patients with Spinal Disorder

News Briefs

New Appointments


Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives


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Nobelists Leaven Science with Laughter
Humble Cartoons Mediate World-Class Science

By Rich McManus

One of the great secrets of modern biomedical science is that it can't be prosecuted successfully in the absence of cartoons; virtually no serious NIH lecture fails to include colorful artwork, which can range from stick-figure crude to animated PowerPoint savvy. Most often only incidentally comic, cartoons carry the heavy freight of complex thinking, and can represent matters either hopelessly small or abstract. From a limited vocabulary of arrows, circles and dots, a skilled speaker, say Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard, who opened the Florence S. Mahoney Lecture on Aging June 12 in Masur Auditorium, can compress years of arduous investigation, illuminating pathways governing everything from movement to emotion.
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The Making of a Medical 'Mosaic'
'Great Teacher' Fitzgerald Demonstrates Diagnostic Thought Process

By Carla Garnett

Dr. Faith Fitzgerald

True story: A 39-year-old infectious disease doctor is driving north from Bethesda through Connecticut one mid-August day when he begins to experience a low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting. By the time he reaches his destination of Portland, Me., on the following day, his symptoms are worse. Not knowing what is wrong and unable to continue his trip, he checks himself into the ER, suddenly finding himself on the wrong end of the treatment table. He is admitted for observation and testing.
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