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The Business of Medicine

From the March 2011 Print Edition

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliott Beacon, 213 pages, $21.95 Warning: Reading this book may make you afraid to take your medicine. And that, of course, in many cases could be unfortunate or, even, fatal. We must, therefore, retain a little more confidence . . . . Continue Reading »

Faith Forming Culture

From the January 2011 Print Edition

Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy in a Greek Orthodox Village by Juliet du Boulay Denise Harvey, 462 pages, $45 In 1974 Juliet du Boulay pub-lished Portrait of a Greek Mountain Village , an ethnographic study of the Greek mountain vil-lage, Ambeli, whose inhabitants’ manner of subsistent living was . . . . Continue Reading »

A Dedicated Life

From the May 2010 Print Edition

Gilbert Meilaender writes a letter to his old friend Stanley Hauerwas . Dear Stan, I read your memoir, Hannah’s Child , with pleasure and had the sense that you must have taken pleasure in writing it. I started it on a Saturday and finished it before the weekend was over, so you know it . . . . Continue Reading »

Progress Without Pause

From the February 2009 Print Edition

Dear Hannah, I know you saw the news almost a year ago about the successful cloning of human embryos by a company in California. I’m pretty sure we talked about it at the time. Unlike the claims a few years ago by Korean researchers, which turned out to be fraudulent, this one seems genuine. . . . . Continue Reading »

Education & Soulcraft

From the November 2008 Print Edition

Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish Oxford University Press, 208 pages, $19.95 Here is Stanley Fish, writing Save the World on Your Own Time : “Not only is the genuinely academic classroom full of passion and commitment; it is more interesting than the alternative. The really dull . . . . Continue Reading »

Conscience and Authority

From the November 2007 Print Edition

Nothing is more common in life than a seeming tension between the freedom of individuals and the authority of communities and their designated leaders. From individual citizens who must set aside their own desires and obey laws they think unwise, to athletes who must subordinate their individual . . . . Continue Reading »