This Date in UCSF History

[Originally published in Synapse on January 14, 2010.] California has another budget crisis. This should be no surprise to anyone at UCSF where we have seen firsthand the effects of reduced funding from the state precipitated by previous efforts to square the circle of the California budgeting process.
[Originally published in Synapse on December 2, 1993.] David E. Smith, MD, founder and director of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics, began treating young people using LSD in 1967 and has been on the front lines of drug treatment ever since.
[Originally published in Synapse on November 21, 1996.] Before 1973, the year Roe vs. Wade guaranteed women the right to safe, therapeutic abortion in the U.S., David Grimes, MD, recalled visiting the septic unit of a Los Angeles hospital. Women seriously ill from botched illegal abortions lay in the twenty beds of the common ward. The ward was always filled to capacity.

Originally published on November 15, 1990.

Several prominent physicians who have devoted much of their working lives in recent years to the AIDS epidemic shared their insights with students at the Nov. 7 forum.

[Originally published December 12, 2011.] In many hospital rooms, the steady beeping of a cardiac monitor is the most soothing sound a patient hears. Jessica Tillman, a volunteer with UCSFs Music is Good Medicine program, overlays that beat with melodies sung a cappella at patients’ bedsides.
[Originally published on November 13, 1997.] Last week the United States Supreme Court ruled that it would not hear a challenge to Proposition 209, the California anti-affirmative action campaign to dismantle race- and gender-based programs in public hiring, contracting, and school admissions.
[Originally published in Synapse on November 6, 2003.] What comes to your mind when you hear the words “forensic medicine?” Murder, dismantled body parts, or DNA analysis? Whatever it is, one probably does not equate forensic medicine with two hours of amusing stories and laughter. But that was exactly what happened at Dr. Henry C. Lee’s talk, Forensic Evidence Found on Human Bodies — National and International Cases
[Originally published on October 25, 2007.] Midway through my first year preceptorship, a particularly difficult patient interview taught me the importance of asking patients about depression. Getting a straight history from this patient had been difficult as he repeatedly answered questions with sarcasm and carried himself with a strained sense of cheerfulness.
[Originally published in Synapse on October 19, 2006.] What does the term “race” mean? Is it a social construct or is it genetic? How should the issue of race be addressed in the patient encounter? The purpose of Dr. Sandra Moody-Ayers lecture was not to answer the questions but rather to show that race is a fluid concept that has changed over time.
[Originally published in Synapse on October 10, 1991.] UC Berkeley Professor Neil Gilbert’s article, “The Phantom Epidemic of Sexual Assault,” which appeared in the Spring 1991 issue of a journal called The Public Interest, claimed that the media and “radical feminists” exaggerate the extent to which rape occurs in America.