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Integrated Care
Last fall, Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center opened an office at Green Spring Station. Taking the lead from Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Canton, the gastroenterology group provides traditional and complementary medicine services, including acupuncture, massage therapy and digestive and nutrition consultations. “We often assume good medicine means using a high-tech approach,” says Linda Lee, the center’s director. “But it’s not always just about prescribing a drug or scheduling a procedure—and it’s definitely not the same set of tactics for every patient.” Info: 410-828-3585.

McKusick’s Legacy
So accomplished was Victor McKusick (1921-2008) that the National Library of Medicine has created a Web site for him as part of its Profiles in Science project, in collaboration with the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives at Johns Hopkins. McKusick, widely recognized as the founding father of medical genetics, established the first medical genetics program and clinic at Johns Hopkins in 1957 and conceived and compiled Mendelian Inheritance in Man, an annually updated catalog of human phenotypes. An early advocate of mapping the human genome, he conducted landmark studies of hereditary disorders in the Amish. Info: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/JQ/

Max-imum Benefit
Entertainment choices for AIDS patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital recently got a boost, thanks to Max Meizlish. The Beth Tfiloh High School sophomore started a campaign to collect hundreds of VHS tapes and DVDs and donate them to the AIDS/HIV unit. Because of their compromised immune systems, patients with AIDS are often confined to their rooms. Max had been visiting these patients as part of a leadership program through The Associated Jewish Charities and heard a nurse say the patients could use more movies to keep themselves entertained. The 15-year-old immediately began collecting hundreds of movies from family, friends and video outlets. He returned to the hospital during his winter break to make the delivery. “I’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity,” says Max. “The DVD/VHS drive is truly a gift that keeps on giving.” Max hopes to expand his project to other hospitals and nursing homes.

 

 

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