Medical ethics and economics

It’s up to physicians to build an ethical wall between interests in clinical research.


Phone etiquette, part 2

A peer should never answer and then be expected to wait while your employee tracks you down.

From the Editor

The white wall

How many clinically shaky fellows do we graduate into our profession every year? How many of us are aware of colleagues who are unskilled, but are...

Hard Questions


Many people with metastatic cancer say they wouldn’t want invasive treatment near the end of life. But how do we know when it’s the end?

Hard Questions

Information overload

Once a patient hears “cancer,” they often stop listening. We could go on, spelling out the next steps and treatment options. But patients usually...

From the Editor

Pathologic superstition

Without certainty, how can a physician debunk a superstition?



Heroes change with the times and are metaphors for the real-life challenges we face and our abilities to overcome them.

Hard Questions

The oncologist’s dilemma

What do you do when the evidence doesn’t line up with the patient’s wishes?