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Know Thy Enemy

Know Thy Enemy

The immune system is one of the most ... extraordinary feats of Darwinian engineering on the planet. Over the past four billion years as life developed from single-celled organisms to complex multicellular creatures, we have been under continual attack by viruses,...

Benign Positional Vertigo

Benign Positional Vertigo

Vertigo means dizziness—actually a specific ... kind of dizziness where you think the room is spinning or moving, as opposed to feeling unsteady on your feet with reasonably stable surroundings. Any child who has experimented with spinning around like a top knows the...

Bronchitis

Bronchitis

Of all the diseases I commonly see in primary care ... none is more likely to be improperly treated than bronchitis. What is bronchitis and why do physicians and patients often approach this disease incorrectly? Bronchitis is divided into two versions. Acute...

Cancer, Reconsidered

Cancer, Reconsidered

In 1971 when Richard Nixon launched our nation ... into a war on cancer, little did we realize that this war would have significant collateral damage. Although we have made progress against certain types of tumors, the part of the battle that involves wide-spread...