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The Streets Of Hanoi

The Streets Of Hanoi By Leonard Zwelling It is hard to grasp. I am walking in a country that I spent so much of my young life trying to avoid—Viet Nam. It is Saturday, December 8 here. It’s still Friday in Houston. The estimated population of this bustling city is about 9 million and they ...

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Two Thoughts At Once

Two Thoughts At Once By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/opinion/george-hw-bush-obituary.html In the New York Times on December 5, Frank Bruni makes the point that in describing the legacy of George H. W. Bush, there are positives and negatives. Both are worthy of description when recounting his presidency. More importantly, describing his triumphs (The Gulf War, the end ...

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What’s Really Outrageous? That Bush 41 Wasn’t!

What’s Really Outrageous? That Bush 41 Wasn’t! By Leonard Zwelling https://www.wsj.com/articles/reflections-on-impeachment-20-years-later-1543535342 https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-is-addicted-to-outrage-is-there-a-cure-1543620811 Two editorials on the same page of the Wall Street Journal on December 1 tell an interesting tale about America. In the first, my favorite editorialist, Peggy Noonan, commemorates (is that the right word?) the 20th anniversary of the impeachment of “Slick Willie.” ...

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Designer Babies

Designer Babies By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/25/health/ap-us-med-genetic-frontiers-gene-edited-babies.html It was bound to occur and it was bound to occur where it did. A Chinese scientist, possibly with American assistance, has altered the genes in human embryos, implanted the fertilized eggs, and the embryos grew up to be twins that were delivered in China. Supposedly (there has been ...

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Modern Medicine: Doctoring Today—An Older Patient’s, Older Doctor’s Perspective

Modern Medicine: Doctoring Today—An Older Patient’s, Older Doctor’s Perspective By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1806984 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1808736 The contrast could not have been more stark. The issue of The New England Journal of Medicine of November 22 has two editorials that illuminate the problem for the clinicians of today. The first of these is about going beyond Evidence-Based ...