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Roy M. Pitkin
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Currently Professor Emeritus in the UCLA School of Medicine, Roy M. Pitkin served earlier as Professor and Chair of the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and before that in a similar position at the University of Iowa. He was editor of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology for 16 years and has authored more than 200 scientific reports. He has recently published a popular book about the history of certain diseases, Whom the Gods Love Die Young.

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Good News in Retirement

7 Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 20:36:43 (EST)

A friend once said of his golden years, "The days get longer and the years get shorter." Retirement surely does bring challenges, but my sense is that the common feature among those who find retirement pleasant and fulfilling is developing interests or activities to fill time and occupy attention. These...

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The King James Bible: 400 and Going Strong

Posted October 10, 2011 | 15:09:27 (EST)

This year marks the 400th anniversary of publication of a Bible translation known as the King James Version (KJV), a translation that, in the words of Oxford theologian Alister McGrath, "changed a nation, a language, and a culture." There has been a great deal of activity thus far in 2011...

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Nice Guys Sometimes Finish First

Posted April 7, 2011 | 18:04:16 (EST)

Today marks the 93rd birthday anniversary of Robert Pershing ("Bobby") Doerr, the oldest member of baseball's hallowed Hall of Fame. It's a good time to reflect on this man who attained so much as a sports hero, but whose character and personality made him stand out even more.

He was,...

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Happy Birthday, Robert Burns

Posted January 26, 2009 | 15:43:05 (EST)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBERT BURNS

Roy M. Pitkin

On January 25, give or take a day or two, people around the globe will gather to commemorate the anniversary (this year the 250th) of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest literary figure. The celebrants will be Scots and...

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Our Greatest Health Success -- and a Challenge

Posted January 12, 2009 | 22:15:31 (EST)

The 20th century brought many, many improvements in health, including a near doubling in average life expectancy from birth. But by far the most remarkable was the incredible increase in the safety of childbearing. What was formerly a distressingly common tragedy -- death of a woman as a result of...

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