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How modern medicine created zombies

It was the most brutal, barbaric and infamous medical procedure of all time: an icepick hammered through the eye socket into the brain and “wriggled around”, often leaving the patient in a vegetative state. The first lobotomy was performed by a Portuguese neurologist who drilled holes into the human skull. But it wasn’t until an… Read More »

Health care systems turn to a ‘new’ old medicine: healthy food – MassLive.com

A few times a week, Katie Macomber, medical home care coordinator at Amherst Pediatrics, writes a “prescription” for patients and their families. Macomber is not a doctor, and the prescription is not for medicine. Rather, it is a form from the Amherst Survival Center, designed to look like a prescription, that sends families to the… Read More »

The most expensive medicine ever treats a rare condition. The price: $2.13 million – Los Angeles Times

Evelyn Villarreal was one of the first children treated, at 8 weeks. Her family, from Centreville, Va., had lost their first child to spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months. Two years later when Evelyn was born a test showed she also had the disease, so the family enrolled her in the gene therapy study at… Read More »