Month: May 2007

The exodus of general medical physicians

The exodus of general medical physicians

One of the greatest challenges facing health care is figuring out how to assess the worth of thoughts. It is far easier to put a monetary value on a specific task such as a colonoscopy or cardiac catheterization than on the nebulous efforts of thinking and talking. This difference is reflected in how insurance companies reimburse physicians’ services, as they typically pay physicians far more money to do surgeries than for spending time with patients and thinking about how to best diagnose, treat, and manage medical care.

Bring back the Office of Technology Assessment

Bring back the Office of Technology Assessment

During an April 2007 speech at a Princeton University colloquium titled, “From Passion to Politics: What Moves People to Take Action,” New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer admitted that the world changes more by technology than by politics. He added that emotions can obscure facts and that political discourse requires an agreed-upon set of facts before policy can be rationally discussed. Unfortunately, politicizing scientific facts has never been more prevalent.

Bulletin wins National Magazine Award

Bulletin wins National Magazine Award

The American Society of Magazine Editors presented the 2007 National Magazine Award for General Excellence (under 100,000 circulation) to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the 42nd annual award ceremony in New York City on May 1.

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