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Carl Djerassi: The Poet of Progressive Science

Carl Djerassi: The Poet of Progressive Science

Chemist, novelist and playwright Carl Djerassi arrived at Café Schwarzenberg by tram from his apartment on Reisnerstrasse in the 3rd District. Although an injury six years ago requires him to walk with a cane, he goes where he wants, still a commanding presence at 88, with thick, snowy white hair and sharp eyes that miss […]

Saving Faces

Saving Faces

For the doctors of the university clinic for oral surgery on the 7th floor of Vienna’s General Hospital (AKH), it is a normal day. Perhaps not a good day, but a normal one. For Nathan*, the patient sitting across from them, it will be traumatic. The odd spots on his tongue have turned out to […]

The Patient as Consumer

There’s an old joke on Madison Avenue: Half of all the advertising is wasted on customers who will never buy – it’s just that nobody knows which half. People avoid health-care jokes, but you could say the same thing about drugs. In fact, in both advertising and pharmaceuticals, no one knows what the numbers are, […]

Medical Research: Healing A Broken Heart

A team of scientists led by renowned heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub has been successful in creating a heart valve through the growth of stem cells. The recent breakthrough, could pave the way to make-to-order organs, impervious to rejection from the body. The team of scientists, based at Imperial College, London, is made up of physicists, […]

Keeping It Cool

Keeping It Cool

It’s a simple concept, and literally, very cool. Since September 2006, the Vienna Ambulance Service (Wiener Rettung) has used latex mats, filled with graphite and water, to cool the body temperature of cardiac arrest victims, raising their survival chances after resuscitation by 30 percent, as well as reducing the likelihood of severe impairment. The Wiener […]

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