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It did not take long for the infant to die. A half hour after her parents brought her into the makeshift emergency room lit by hazy flashlights, she was gone.
The 26-year-old doctor, a third-year resident, worked frantically over her lifeless body. He had not slept for a day, but he was determined to save her life. The doctor, who goes by just the name Dr. Hamza, lost the battle.
After a few minutes’ resuscitation, the girl died. The doctor wrapped a triangular cloth around the small corpse. Her mother slumped on a chair, in shock. Her father paced the room.
They had not yet named her. This baby did not die of shrapnel wounds or a sniper’s bullet. She died from a respiratory illness.
According to the charity Save the Children, the majority of children’s diseases in Syria-measles, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses-are treatable.
"When I see a wizened dead baby," said one U.N. officer. "I think: did they really die of starvation? Or did they die of some horrible disease? Or even a treatable one they can’t get drugs for?"
Sixty percent of the hospitals in Syria are damaged or destroyed; half the doctors have fled the country. Medicine is heading backward several centuries.
On March 12, 1989, British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed an “information management” system that would become known as the Web. We celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his world-changing invention on the first edition of our new weekly feature, Newsweek Rewind. We dug through our archive and pulled our first article about the Web, from our October 31, 1994 issue. Click here for the full text of the piece, “Oh, what a Tangled Web,” by Barbara Kantrowitz with Adam Rogers and Jennifer Tanaka.
Our latest cover story: The Only Thing Scarier Than Bio-Warfare is the Antidote by Susan Scutti
As poorly regulated labs race to find the next antidote, bio-error may be more likely to cause an epidemic than bio-terror.
Who’s fighting your drug war? Meet Private Morales, a 22-year-old Honduran who loves Facebook and dreams of the US.
"Punk is musically boring and philosophically dumb…. British culture needed an enema, and punk was there with the nozzle." - Bob Casale, 1978
We remember Devo guitarist Bob Casale, who passed away yesterday at age 61, with our profile from 1978: "Devo’s Primal Pop" by Barbara Graustark.
Founding Devo guitarist Bob Casale died suddenly on February 17th of heart failure at age 61, reports Rolling Stone.
Here’s our Devo profile from the October 30, 1978 edition of Newsweek: "Devo’s Primal Pop" by Barbara Graustark.
If there were fewer possible psychiatric diagnoses, would fewer people consider themselves ill?
A growing number of health experts suspect that psychiatric care is drifting toward “diagnostic inflation,” in which the rate of mental disorders balloons as a result of new diagnoses - and not due to an increasingly troubled population. What’s worse is that this process may be fueled by the very document that is supposed to control it.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a 1,000-page behemoth that is now in its fifth edition, gives researchers and clinicians across the country a common language for discussing the ins and outs of a mind that is not well, ideally allowing everyone to agree on who is and isn’t ill.
The manual is produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Although the APA has insisted that its signature document should not be read as a rulebook, with definitions set in stone, a publication of this scope and caliber inevitably shapes the field.
If the DSM-5 says your pain doesn’t align with its definition of pain, you can be certain that, in the eyes of most psychiatrists, lawyers and policy makers, you’re not in pain. ('A Pill for Every Ill')