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Essay/Work
The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Livia Gershon

Essay/History
The taboo of menstruation

All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly

Janie Hampton

Essay/Addiction
Ageing out of drugs

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?

Stacey McKenna

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
Values and vaccines

Parents who reject vaccination are making a rational choice – they prefer to put their children above the public good

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
Death of cancer

A critical mass of medical knowledge could soon end the death threat of cancer, but politics stands in the way

Vincent DeVita & Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

Essay/Fairness & Equality
Fat but fit?

The medical evidence is overwhelming – obesity is bad for you and it would be a major mistake to give up fighting it

Caroline Weinberg

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
Risky medicine

Misunderstanding risk factors has led to massive overtreatment of diseases people don’t have and probably never will

Jeff Wheelwright

Essay/Fairness & Equality
Poor teeth

If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Sarah Smarsh

Essay/Epidemiology
The calculus of contagion

In the battle against disease, the difference between a raging epidemic and a passing fever comes down to a single number

Adam Kucharski

Essay/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth
The first cut

Most American boys are circumcised as a matter of course. Now, many of them feel violated. Should the practice be banned?

Rhys Southan

Essay/Ethics
Full disclosure

Do individuals have a right for their medical records to remain private after death, or can public interest prevail?

Jack El-Hai

Essay/Epidemiology
Polio whack-a-mole

The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement

Keren Landsman

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
A mad world

A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?

Joseph Pierre

Essay/Human Rights
Crippling injustice

Disabled people in modern China are still stigmatised, marginalised and abused. What hope is there for reform?

James Palmer

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
Medical disrespect

Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?

Ilana Yurkiewicz

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
The Geel question

For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

Mike Jay

Essay/Biology
The obesity era

As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us

David Berreby

Essay/Health Policy & Economics
Do some harm

Traditional Chinese medicine is an odd, dangerous mix of sense and nonsense. Can it survive in modern China?

James Palmer