Surgery is a fundamentally messy and stressful activity. When being a few millimeters off target can be life-changing, a surgeon needs to possess fierce concentration, unrelenting perfectionism, and, above all, staunch self-assurance.
Two brothers—a philosopher and a doctor—attempt to explain the cultural roots of madness.
Tracking the organ trade, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes visited African and South American dialysis units, organ banks, police morgues, and hospitals. She interviewed surgeons, patient's rights activists, pathologists, nephrologists, and nurses. So why aren't more people listening to her?
Diverse neighborhoods, it turns out, aren’t just conducive to hipsters.
Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
Doctors today are too uncomfortable with uncertainty.
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Introducing Richard McNally, Amanda Wilson, Ethan Watters, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Wen Shen.