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June 8, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

The Health Issue

There was a time when good health was mostly defined by absence: no pain, no disease, and you were healthy. Countless weird and sometimes awful things can still happen to the human body. But as our second annual Health issue shows, for many, “health” is yet another arena where the potential for optimization can seem boundless, and accepting the limitations of our given bodies almost anachronistic. See the 1,282 best doctors listed in this issue, chosen by other doctors. And rest easy: The Italian surgeon who claims he’ll soon perform a full head transplant is not on the list. This year.
On the Cover: Photograph by Bobby Doherty.

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Science of Us

I Was a Human Guinea Pig

From “smart” stretch pants to text-message psychotherapy, six self-experimentations and their results.

Like You Haven’t Opened a Stranger’s Before

What’s inside five New York medicine cabinets.

The Everything Guide to the Libido

The nine stages of arousal, the most common uncommon turn-on, and why porn isn’t going to mess with your sex drive.

Could Anyone Really Transplant a Head?

And would the patient lose his mind?


The Storm in Dylan’s Head

A car accident left 19-year-old Dylan Rizzo in a coma. The long trip back to consciousness.

What Is That?

A photo-sharing network for doctors features body parts instead of avocado toast.

The Doctor Who Got Ebola

Dr. Craig Spencer on what it felt like to be sick amid a city’s fear and media madness.

Great Calling, Lousy Business

A primary-care physician opens his books.


America’s obsession with orthodonture.

We’ll Know in Half an Hour

Rapid-fire pathology while the patient’s still on the table.

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