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Goodbye to All That

By Anne Bennett Swingle
Photography by David Colwell

His feisty manner, his reverence for William Halsted and his drive for perfection have come to symbolize surgery at Hopkins. Now, after 18 years, John Cameron is stepping down as department head.

By the end of August the word was out: the search committee charged with selecting a new head of surgery for Johns Hopkins Medicine had settled on a candidate, and that candidate was a woman. The news rocked the department and sent shock waves out into the clubby world of American surgery. No large department at Hopkins had ever been headed by a woman, and surgery, that singular redoubt of manliness, was the last place anyone would have predicted it would happen.

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Where a Mind Could Find Itself Again

By Anne Bennett Swingle

Artfully designed to heighten emotional healing, Phipps
Psychiatric Clinic once was also derided for its excesses.

The beautifully engraved invitations had long since been mailed out, and the day had arrived: April 16, 1913, the official opening of the new Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic. On hand were famous figures in medicine, including Adolf Meyer, Hopkins' psychiatrist-in-chief, and even the great Sir William Osler, who had returned to Johns Hopkins from his post as Regius Professor at Oxford University for the occasion. Philadelphia steel magnate Henry Phipps, who had endowed the clinic, took his place among the trustees. It was a rarefied intersection of medicine and philanthropy, and in this crowd, one man, Grovsenor Atterbury, was a relative unknown.

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Singapore Surprise

When a Chinese-American cancer researcher got a chance to move his lab and his family to the Far East, he was faced with one tough decision.

By Kate Ledger

Anyone who's ever ventured into a scientific laboratory knows the ambiance can seem like another planet. Researchers have this tendency to blot out everything but their lab work-including the practicalities of everyday life. That's the way it was, too, for a biomedical researcher named Wen Son Hsieh-until a couple of years ago. Then, suddenly, Hsieh found his research ambitions falling into synch with his family life in a marvelous way.

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They Gave it All up for Medicine

Two fourth-year medical students explain why they traded high-paying jobs on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley to go back to school and become doctors.

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