As every 21st century mother knows, technology has become a routine part of delivering a baby in the hospital. One big advance: fetal heart rates are now routinely tracked during labor to be sure that there are no major and worrisome changes that would require an emergency Cesarean delivery.
Every day, hospitals across the country care for Americans in need. Babies are born, heart-attack victims are saved, broken bones are healed. But today, as the population ages, medical demands surge and costs rise, America's hospitals are being tested like never before.
The year is 1876 and Sigmund Freud's scientific career is about to begin. The id, the ego, the superego? Nowhere to be found. When he travels to the University of Vienna's zoological station in Trieste, Italy, sometime around his 20th birthday, the young med student embarks on a far less esoteric task: hunting for the testicles of the eel.
It's not as easy as popping Prozac, but it's definitely more fun: swimming with dolphins. But is it medicine? In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found that patients with mild to moderate depression who splashed around with dolphins reported greater improvements in their symptoms than a control group who swam and snorkeled on their own in a coral reef.