From the Editor
A Big Deal
We live in an age of breathtaking change and progress, and the world of medicine is no exception.
For decades, we’ve been making major inroads in our knowledge of genetics.
Now, thanks to dizzying advances in computing power and “big data” analysis, to revolutions in measurement, to seamless connectivity, we stand on the brink of a new era of medicine—one that promises to transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
This is a big deal, a game changer, a paradigm shift. Which is why we decided to dedicate this issue of the magazine to the subject of precision medicine.
In the special report that begins on p. 16, you’ll learn how our scientists, engineers and clinicians—collaborating under the umbrella of Johns Hopkins inHealth—are setting the course for this new epoch in health care. Already, their advances are improving care for prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and more by allowing for treatment tailored to the individual patient.
Excited yet? I know I am.
I’m pleased to share the good news that our Spring/Summer 2016 cover story by Rachel Wallach, “Stuck in Despair,” which explored why today’s medical residents suffer a high rate of depression, has received an award for excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Judges praised Wallach for an “incredibly well-written article” that “tackled a difficult subject … head on.”