Is the Quest to Build a Kinder, Gentler Surgeon Misguided?
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.
The Truman Show Delusion: Can Culture Make Us Crazy?
Two brothers—a philosopher and a doctor—attempt to explain the cultural roots of madness.
The Organ Detective: Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh
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?
The Ongoing Mental Health Benefits of Neighborhood Diversity
Diverse neighborhoods, it turns out, aren’t just conducive to hipsters.
Sober Living, Online Harassment, and the Evolution of InTrade
Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
The Decline of the Physical Exam in Modern Medicine
Doctors today are too uncomfortable with uncertainty.
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Meet the People Behind Our July/August 2014 Print Issue
Introducing Richard McNally, Amanda Wilson, Ethan Watters, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Wen Shen.