Articles by Jim Atkinson

Vocal Heroes

Jun 30, 2000 By Jim Atkinson

The doctors at Abilene’s Voice Institute of West Texas can treat all manner of problems with the way you talk? Speech, speech!

Saving Face

Mar 1, 2000 By Jim Atkinson

When a dog chewed off a toddler's nose, cheeks, and lips, the doctors at Dallas' Children's Medical Center sprang into action.

Bad Blood

Apr 1, 1999 By Jim Atkinson

You can’t call it a Texas disease, but meningococcemia—a blood-borne form of meningitis—afflicts a fair number of the state’s children. And if the FDA will let him, a Dallas pediatrician thinks he can treat it.

A Strike Against You

Feb 1, 1999 By Jim Atkinson

If your family has a history of cancer, are you doomed? Even though many of his relatives—including his famous father—succumbed to the disease, Mickey Mantle, Jr., didn’t think so. Then he got sick.

Killer C

Dec 1, 1998 By Jim Atkinson

If you had a blood transfusion before 1992 or have ever shared a needle, you could have hepatitis C. You may feel fine, but it could be killing you.

Addicted to Sex?

Dec 1, 1998 By Jim Atkinson

Even if you’re not, many Texans are: Sex Addicts Anonymous has 61 chapters across the state, tending to the tattered psyches of exhibitionists and other tormented souls.

No Show

Aug 31, 1997 By Jim Atkinson

Cash-poor PBS stations can’t seem to come up with innovative new ideas, so they ought to resurrect an innovative old one: Newsroom, the best local public- affairs program in Texas history.

Food Fright

Jul 31, 1997 By Jim Atkinson

Eating a peanut shouldn’t be a particularly memorable experience, but for Dallasite Mona Cain and countless other allergic Americans, it’s a matter of life and death.

Blowin’ in the Wind

Apr 1, 1997 By Jim Atkinson

Itchy eyes, sore throat, runny nose: It must be allergy season. But what causes allergies? How do you pick a doctor? And what’s the best treatment? An in-depth look at an affliction that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Making Headway

Mar 1, 1997 By Jim Atkinson

At the Texas Woman’s University Aphasia Center in Dallas, a promising new treatment is helping stroke victims learn to read, write, and speak again.

So Much to Learn, So Little Time

Jan 1, 1997 By Jim Atkinson

Today students at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas are expected to master more hard-core science than ever before. Yet after graduation, they’ll have to keep studying, and be counselors and business experts too. A hard look at the way we teach our doctors—and why it has had to change.

Thrill Killers

Nov 1, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

Now that the crack epidemic has leveled off and gang violence is down, urban Texas is being terrorized by a new type of criminal: the superpredator. He murders without motive, feels no remorse, and worst of all, seldom gets caught.

Death and the Matrons

Sep 30, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

What could drive a suburban housewife to murder? The bizarre cases of Rowlett’s Darlie Routier and Fairview’s Candy Montgomery hint at the answer, and it may be closer to home than we’d like to think.

Death and the Matrons

Sep 30, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

THE MOST INFAMOUS RESIDENCE IN all of Texas suburbia sits in a small development of two-story tract homes just off Texas Highway 66 in the sleepy east Dallas County town of Rowlett. The front yard is small—a strip of grass, really, no more than half the size of a typical…

Spin Control

Jul 31, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

Vertigo isn’t just the stuff of Hitchcock thrillers—it’s a debilitating disease, as Dallas radio talk show host Kevin McCarthy found out the hard way.

Pale by Comparison

Mar 1, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

“Michael Jackson’s disease” sounds like a punch line, but the pigment-robbing skin disorder is no joke. Just ask Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price.

Smooth Operator

Jan 1, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

You might say Tarek Souryal is the most important Dallas Maverick: He doesn’t score or rebound, but he reconstructs million-dollar ankles and knees, and that makes him a real team player.

The Real Medical Crisis

Nov 1, 1995 By Jim Atkinson

For reformers of the nations health-care system, ground zero may be Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital, where the crush of uninsured patients with non-urgent complaints is affecting everyone’s care.

Nerve Center

May 31, 1994 By Jim Atkinson

A Dallas clinic offers hope to pain patients, treating chronic suffering not as a symptom but as a disease itself.

The Boys of Spring

Mar 1, 1989 By Jim Atkinson

You probably think that the main reason to go to the Texas Rangers’ Florida training camp is to watch baseball. You’re probably wrong.

The War Zone

Nov 1, 1988 By Jim Atkinson

When crack comes to a neighborhood, it infiltrates, it corrupts, and it destroys—and there is nothing the cops can do about it.

Best Enemies

Apr 1, 1988 By Jim Atkinson

Dallas lawyers Arlen Bynum and John Collins are personal friends and profession foes. They get a kick out of both roles.


Apr 1, 1986 By Jim Atkinson

The DA in El Paso may do a lot of things, but there’s one thing he doesn’t do—plea-bargain.


Feb 1, 1986 By Jim Atkinson

The Dallas Citizens Council has a new look, but it’s singing the same old tune.


Sep 30, 1985 By Jim Atkinson

The maddest crowd in town? The incensed citizens at the Dallas Auto Pound who have to shell out for the privilege of reclaiming their towed vehicles.


Aug 31, 1985 By Jim Atkinson

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a developer with a million-dollar idea or a homeowner with a yen to remodel. You can’t bend any rule at all without approval from the Board of Adjustment.