Medicine with a Happy Face, RoboRubio Outed, Christy Punch, NHS Frontline, Sino-Soviet Embrace, Japan’s Dead End

What I’m listening to.

Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary | Jean Tubéry

Why humanizing medicine matters.

Globe and Mail -- How Oliver Sacks put a human face on the science of the mind

The world’s most famous neurologist believed that every patient had a story worth hearing. Norman Doidge explores the legacy of Oliver Sacks, whose work and life remind us that humanity belongs at the heart of medicine


New York Times -- Once Impervious, Marco Rubio Is Diminished by a Caustic Chris Christie

Senator Marco Rubio's attempt to claim the GOP establishment mantle and surge past Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to the Republican presidential nomination encountered a massive glitch in the early part of Saturday night’s debate.

 A little New Jersey take out.

New Yorker -- Chris Christie Mugs Marco Rubio at the G.O.P. Debate

The motto of Saint Anselm College, the small Catholic institution in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the latest G.O.P. debate was held, on Saturday night, is: “Where history meets opportunity.” As the evening unfolded, however, things worked the other way around. Senator Marco Rubio, of Florida, who, according to many pundits, has a great opportunity to be the Republican candidate, ran into a fellow from New Jersey with a long history, Chris Christie. The outcome wasn’t pretty.


I, Robot (ed's note: that's Mark running away at the end ...)

On the frontline.

Independent -- Jeremy Hunt squirms as Andrew Marr reads out letters from junior doctors

'These are the voices of doctors right now. That’s what they feel'

Turning around?

Financial Times -- Russia and China: friends with benefits

As the two nations forge closer ties, will they be able to overcome their frequently fraught history?

Prescription for Japan.

Project Syndicate -- Japan’s Only Way Out

Financial markets were surprised by the Bank of Japan’s recent introduction of negative interest rates on some commercial bank reserves.

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