With Good Reason

Archive for December, 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 […]