Twenty-five years after Norma McCorvey joined the flight to legalize abortion, the battle is still raging—and so is she.
After years of arguing that vigorous activity is a key to good health, Kenneth Cooper is exercising his right to change his mind.
How an old-fashioned Texas physician fought the takeover of modern medicine by heartless insurance companies—and lost.
Without constant care, victims of an obscure genetic disorder would eat themselves to death.
She was the princess who wore Tiffany perfume. He was the middle-class guy who raced cars. But when they met on the cystic fibrosis wing of a Dallas hospital, romance bloomed.
A year after a grand mal seizure left me convulsing on the floor, I’m still finding my way back into everyday life.
Five years ago, rabies was rare in South Texas. Now nearly three hundred animals have died and the epidemic is not abating.
Twenty years ago, we were two-steppers. Now we’re twelve-steppers, thanks to a set of self-help gurus.
My son ended his life after three years of madness and unbearable depression. Who am I to say he did the wrong thing?
Cardiologists Per and Peter Langsjoen sounded a warning.
The politics of trauma.
When a few minutes matter, an EMS helicopter can make the difference between life and death.
My father loved his job at a Gulf Coast oil refinery. In fact, he loved it to death.
After struggling to give up smoking, I have come to a compromise: Never smoke more than one cigarette—at a time.
Drug treatment seldom works: at many centers, greedy entrepreneurs prey on frightened parents and troubled kids. But one teenager’s parents decided to take one last, desperate step: they sent their son to the toughest program in Texas.
After learning that he had cancer, the author began a search for a cure that took him far beyond medical expertise.
For Ted Segal of Waco, the problem wasn’t getting a heart transplant; it was finding a donor. The delay was killing him.
From the look on my doctor’s face, I knew the results of the biopsy. The lump in my breast was cancer.
For some entrepreneurs, the dark cloud of AIDS has proved to have a silver lining
In Texas, survivors of this life-and-death operation wear their scars like medals of honor.
I was curious when I found that three of my friends had delved into the mysteries of psychic surgery. After three “bloody operations” of my own, I knew what it was all about. About $30 a minute.
I smoked marijuana all day every day for several years. It took me almost a year to quit—and now I wonder if I’ll ever get straight.
When cedars start to mate, Texans start to suffer.
Age is a matter of mind. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
The three-to-eleven evening shift, Bexar County Hospital, San Antonio: nurse Genene Jones was on duty in the pediatric intensive care unit, and for months babies kept having mysterious—sometimes fatal—emergencies. Why?
To a plastic surgeon, your face is just the beginning.
Now is the time to unlearn everything you’ve ever heard about snakebite.
Without embalming you can have a simple, inexpensive funeral. That’s just what Texas morticians don’t want.
In the southeast corner of Texas, more people get cancer than anywhere else in the state. Why?
In her darkest, final hours, a young mother turns to a new kind of medical care for help.
Being autistic nearly ruined Michael Shipley’s life, but his parents sent him to a state mental hospital. Then Michael’s life was ruined for good.
As a doctor, Tony Seidenberg has become accustomed to death. Only this time it is different: he is the one who is dying.
You learn one clear and not so very grim lesson by looking death in the face.
My friend, you have come to the right place.
At Houston’s Jefferson Davis Hospital, the wonders of modern medicine collide with the raw realities of birth, poverty, neglect and hope.
You can always spot a smoker. He fiddles with matches, his shirt pocket bulges in a tiny rectangle, and fumes emerge from his mouth and nose. But what should we do about him?
A husband and wife decide sterilization is the best answer for birth control; the question is-who does it?
Doctors are busy every minute. But what exactly are they up to ?
At the Texas Medical Center the best hospitals, doctors, researchers, and medical technology anywhere in the world have combined to transform doctors from healers into superstars.
We will all grow old; but, as Maurice Chevalier says, “That’s not so bad when you consider the alternative.”
Some kids may fail at school and it’s not their fault.
You don’t have to move to Arizona to cure your allergies, but you may have to get rid of your cat.
A child with Down’s syndrome is neither Mongolian nor an idiot.
Burning a candle a day keeps the hexes away.
Every night at Ben Taub Hospital’s emergency room is a night of the living dead.
Everybody makes mistakes, but mistakes in the medical profession leave scars on everybody.
A schizophrenic’s own story of his tour through asylums from Bellevue to Texas.
The Greenhouse is where the rich and the chic go to play I spa.
How a doctor got hooked on drugs, and how he got off.