In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the doctors at the front lines witnessed a sudden massacre and struggled to treat against an agent they didn't understand. What impact did this experience have on these doctors, and how did this first group of caregivers shape the evolution of the epidemic? To construct a collective biography of the early AIDS doctors, Ronald Bayer, Columbia University professor of public health, and Gerald Oppenheimer, associate professor of clinical public health, turned to oral history. In these two e-seminars, Professors Bayer and Oppenheimer discuss the development of the oral history project from inspiration to publication.
To understand a disease, you must first understand the culture in which that disease exists. Understanding breast cancer in the United States requires understanding the war metaphor that defines it. In this e-seminar, Barron Lerner, associate professor of medicine and public health at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, reveals how America's fight against breast cancer has shaped our treatment of the disease from the turn of the nineteenth century to today.
"The Healthy Heart" is a multimedia excerpt from the e-seminar Introduction to Cardiac Care that uses medical illustrations, audio, Flash animation, and authentic diagnostic imagery to illustrate how the healthy heart functions—how it circulates blood throughout the body while maintaining its own health.
Virtual Techniques in Dentistry is an online multimedia dental procedure manual. For the first time in a preclinical course, all demonstrations, instructions, and supplementary materials for learning endodontic procedures in this course are available online here. Quicktime 5 required.
Easily searchable by location, subject, project leader, program type, and funding source, this directory lists worldwide public-health projects and programs involving Columbia University.
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This online continuing-medical-education (CME) course, will provide an update for primary-care practitioners, neurologists, and psychiatrists on the differential diagnosis and current treatment options for cognitive and behavioral disorders associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Because of the shortage of organs, particularly kidneys, patients are traveling to India, China, and Eastern Europe to purchase organs, says David Rothman, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine. While some economists and bioethicists defend the practice as a way for poor people to escape poverty, Rothman observes that the sellers are no better off, and often worse off, after the sale.