Scope readers embraced personal stories this year, reading and sharing pieces that provided a glimpse at the lives of patients and of researchers. Below you’ll find our five most popular posts from 2016 — all are not to be missed.
Delving into the bipolar brain: A one-hour PBS documentary “weaves together brave and compelling stories of people with bipolar disorder.” Stanford’s Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, is among the featured experts.
A game changer for the treatment of depression: In a recent study, Stanford’s Leanne Williams, PhD, and colleagues were able to analyze patients’ brain function and personal history to predict with 80 percent accuracy whether antidepressants would be helpful. In a 1:2:1 podcast Williams talked about this study and the future of breakthroughs in neuroscience.
On life and death: At last fall’s Medicine X, BJ Miller, MD, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and an advisor for the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco, gave a powerful talk where he emphasized the importance of talking about death. We’re all among “the dying,” he said — but instead of this filling us with fear, it should help us tap into a universal human experience.
What does it mean to be invisible?: Also at Medicine X, speaker Danielle Cosgrove provided a moving account of a condition that is widely recognized as one of the most painful in the world — complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Emmy-nominated video shows painful reality of living with EB: A beautifully haunting video about a young man living with the devastating effects of epidermoloysis bullosa was nominated this spring for a regional Emmy.
Photo of Leanne Williams by Leslie Williamson