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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2009, Volume 11, Number 6: 423-486.

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June 2009 Contents

Medicine and the Environment: Doing No Harm

Ethics Poll

Which of the following measures would you be willing to allow in your care and that of family members in the name of more sustainable and affordable health care? Check all that apply.
A physician who diagnoses several cases of a noncontagious illness such as nitrate toxicity that is environmentally related, satisfies his or her professional duty when he or she:
According to the precautionary principle, if an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken, even if a cause-effect relationship between the activity and the harm has not been scientifically established. On balance, which of the following statements best expresses your thought about the precautionary principle?

From the Editor

The Yin/Yang of Health and the Environment
Mitali Banerjee Ruths
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:425-426.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Educating Patients as Medicine Goes Green
Commentary by Louise P. King and Janet Brown
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:427-433.

Physicians’ Duty to Be Aware of and Report Environmental Toxins
Commentary by Gina M. Solomon and Steven R. Kirkhorn
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:434-442.

Medical Education

Climate Change and Human Health 101
Kristie L. Ebi
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:443-447.

Journal Discussion

Hospitals and “Used Goods”
Jason Gillman
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:448-450.

Clinical Pearl

The Biochemistry, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Nitrate Toxicity
Amir Miodovnik
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:451-455.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Proving Causation in Environmental Litigation
Kristin E. Schleiter
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:456-460.

Policy Forum

Caring for the Health of the Community Means Caring for the Health of the Environment
Nancy J. Larson
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:461-464.

Medicine and Society

Medicine’s Role in Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change
Andrew Jameton
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:465-469.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The Lesson of John Snow and the Broad Street Pump
Mitali Banerjee Ruths
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:470-472.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

What Primary Physicians Should Know about Environmental Causes of Illness
William J. Rea
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:473-476.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:477-484.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:485-486.