The secrets stem cells hold could answer fundamental questions
about the development of life itself and lead to major advances
in medicine. But what are stem cells and why are they so laden
with potential? U-M faculty researchers who have devoted their
careers to stem cell research talk about how the cells work,
why they could answer questions about the mystery of human development,
and what formidable barriers remain before we might experience
significant medical benefits from clinical applications. More...
For centuries, dissection of cadavers remained the foremost
means by which gross anatomy has been taught and learned. But
recent revolutions in technology are likewise revolutionizing
the study of anatomy and bringing wondrous new tools to bear
on looking inside the human body, profoundly impacting
how the fundamentals of medicine are learned along the way.
Long hours, low pay, the extreme stress of new responsibility
to apply recently-acquired medical knowledge to life-and-death
situations involving real people in real time: these qualities
have become synonymous with the residency experience. But U-M
house officers past and present, in comparing the experience
then and now, offer another view as well, one that hasnt
changed over the years: that this time in a physicians
life is a rich and incomparable opportunity to grow and learn
as a healer and as a human being. More...