Essays in The New York Times Magazine

Childbearing and Age, December 27, 1987

We humans are adapted for long, valuable post-reproductive lives

Caffeine High, January 17, 1988

Coffee’s a drug that works on the brain—but a pretty safe one

Kick Off Your Heels, January 31, 1988

High-heeled shoes are a sex symbol with a long-term down side 

Lesions of the Soul, February 21, 1988

Unlike other cancers, those in the brain are inside our selves

Laughter and Hope, March 13, 1988

Mind over illness? Maybe, but don’t blame the victim if it doesn’t work

Symbolic Wound, May 8, 1988

Circumcision is safe, but in our culture is not medically necessary

What Our Ancestors Ate, June 5, 1988

Are diseases of civilization due to a mismatch with natural diets?

New Keys to the Mind, July 17, 1988

Genes that affect the brain affect the mind, normal or not

The Aggressors, August 14, 1988

Boys are more violent than girls, but not just for cultural reasons

Civilization’s Cancer, November 20, 1988

Is breast cancer due in part to our changing reproductive lives?

Mortality, December 4, 1988

Aging and death are not easy to deal with in any culture

Which Hospital? December 18, 1988

Academic and community hospitals have different advantages

Where Should Baby Sleep? January 8, 1989

Many parents spend part of the night with children in their beds

Homosexuality: Who and Why? April 21, 1989

Growing evidence suggests that being gay is not a choice

The Loss of Self, June 25, 1989

Alzheimer’s and other dementias: “the calamity of too long life”

The Long Haul, July 9, 1989

Some stroke victims improve over the years by rewiring the brain

Women and Sexuality, April 29, 1990

Women and men differ a lot, and for biological reasons

Real Doctors Don’t Sleep, October 7, 1990

An imagined account of a real problem in medical training

Out of the Darkness, October 2, 1994

Living with depression, benefiting from treatment

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