April 27, 1988 |
Thousands of Palestinians--far more than Israel claims--have suffered serious injuries in beatings by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, a doctors' peace group charged Tuesday. Physicians for Human Rights, which sent a fact-finding delegation of four doctors to Israel for eight days in February, also said that medical relief efforts are being hampered by curfews and under-funding in the occupied territories.
May 5, 2002 |
On a gray April morning, a Mexican boy and his mother sit in a doctor's office in San Diego. A bandage covers the boy's left eye. His right eye, as blue as the deep ocean, has a vacant look. A birth defect left the 16-year-old unable to see much beyond a few inches. His corneas, the clear tissue at the front of his eyes, are clouded over. It's as though Israel Cortez Guzman always looks at the world through a dirty, frosted window pane. Today, the doctor tells him, that may change.
March 26, 1998 |
Imagine Jack the Ripper becoming prime minister, or the deadly Ebola virus turning into a boon to human health. Such a mind-boggling reversal of fortune is underway for one of the most horrifying medications of modern times: thalidomide. The drug was notorious for causing thousands of birth defects and infant deaths in the 1950s and early '60s in Europe and Canada.