If you were busy living, learning, studying, or otherwise occupied in 2012, you may have missed out on some of the fantastic medical journalism and essays of 2012. Fortunately, the editor of Stanford Medicine has curated a thoughtful and intriguing list over at Stanford’s Scope Blog.
Undead: The rabies virus remains a medical mystery, by Monica Murphy and Bill Wasik,Wired
An account of a modern attempt to cure rabies, with lots of history woven in.
Can a jellyfish unlock the secret of immortality? by Nathaniel Rich, New York Times Magazine
Including wondrous jellyfish that grow younger and a researcher who breaks the mold, and it’s told with humor and lyricism.
Two hundred years of surgery, by Atul Gawande, New England Journal of Medicine
For gems like this: “Liston operated so fast that he once accidentally amputated an assistant’s fingers along with a patient’s leg, according to Hollingham. The patient and the assistant both died of sepsis, and a spectator reportedly died of shock, resulting in the only known procedure with a 300% mortality.”