With Good Reason

Archive for 2001

Pet Therapy
December 29th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

Sandra Barker (VCU) is the director of a new center at the Medical College of Virginia studying the health benefits to humans of interacting with companion animals. One of the services involves counseling for people grieving over the loss of a pet. Veterinarian Marie Suthers-McCabe (VT) recalls caring for search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero in New […]

Last Days of the Confederacy
December 22nd, 2001 - (0 Comments)

By February 1865, after Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg defeat had dashed Southern hopes for the army, Confederate leaders were at odds over whether to surrender. President Jefferson Davis wanted to fight to the last man. But his Secretary of War felt differently. John Breckenridge tried to persuade Davis to surrender and strike the best deal […]

Danger in the Air
December 15th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

It’s a disease that’s nothing short of frightening. Highly contagious and disfiguring, smallpox once killed about 30 percent of those who fell victim to it. Health officials declared it eradicated worldwide in 1980. But now we worry smallpox may number among the weapons in the arsenals of biological terrorists. Epidemiologist Dick Wenzel (Medical College of Virginia/Virginia […]

Music As Therapy
December 8th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

Music therapy isn’t mainstream health care, but there is mounting evidence that almost any musical stimulus, from Mozart to the Dixie Chicks, can have therapeutic effects. Jim Borling, director of music therapy at Radford University, discusses how music as a medium can bypass language to reach people in need of emotional and psychological support. Also featured: Jazz […]

Listening to Film
December 1st, 2001 - (0 Comments)

How effective would the famous shower scene in Psycho be without the screeching violins? Director Alfred Hitchcock’s own self-doubts led to an intense jealousy of Bernard Hermann, the composer of the film score and the director’s longtime collaborator. Composer and film music buff Stephen Burton (George Mason University) tells this story and more as we take a […]

In Search of the Eastern Cougar
November 24th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

Victim to hunters and a decline in its primary source of food—deer—the last Eastern Cougar is thought to have disappeared from Virginia in 1882. Except for a few in Florida, the cougar is officially listed as extinct in the eastern United States. But several times a year, sightings of the tawny-colored, 140 pound cats are […]

The Power of Speech
November 17th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

In the days immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks, George W. Bush was criticized for not sounding more rousing in his comments to the American people. But some of those critics changed their minds after the President’s address to Congress on Sept. 20. Bush won praise for words that united Americans behind the “War on […]

Civil War Medical Myths
November 10th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

The Union army had only 100 surgeons at the start of the Civil War. But that number grew to 11,000 by the war’s end. Most had never seen a gunshot wound or participated in orthopedic surgery. Civil War re-enactor Steve Frysinger (James Madison University), a professor of integrated science and technology, debunks the myths about amputations, […]

Environmental Justice?
November 3rd, 2001 - (0 Comments)

In Portsmouth this summer, the last families moved from Washington Park public housing community. Their departure brought an end to a long battle by residents to escape land contaminated by lead and other metals buried by workers from a foundry that once occupied the site. Lawyers for the residents called the court settlement that brought […]

Take This Job and Love It
October 27th, 2001 - (0 Comments)

Before you take a job, figure out whether you’ll be entering a healthy workplace. Management professor Pamela Hopkins (Mary Washington) and psychologist Paul Stepanovich (Old Dominion University) offer a list of vital signs prospective employees should check. Their tips are garnered from studying several businesses they’ve identified as “healthy workplaces.” Also featured: During the 20th century, the governments of […]