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Extreme Medicine

Dr. Kevin Fong charts the symbiotic relation between curative science and daredevil explorers, as today's doctors invent new techniques to heal the wounds of every ailing Indiana Jones.

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Island Practice

For the past three decades, the health of the residents of Nantucket has been the charge of Dr. Timothy Lepore, a larger than life figure who carves scalpels from stone and hunts with a pet hawk. But it's in this dedicated surgeon's practice that Pam Belluck finds a microcosm of the struggles faced by the health care system back on the American mainland.

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God's Hotel

Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco is the last American survivor of an institution that goes back to the Middle Ages -- an almshouse whose sole function is to care for the sick and the destitute. Victoria Sweet's journey there -- as a doctor, as a student of the hospital's astonishing history, and as a human being -- constitutes one of the most moving, and eye-opening memoirs of the year.

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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