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Greg Critser

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The Golden Rush

Illustration by John E. MinerIn California: A History, Kevin Starr, the lumbering giant of California social history, delivers his first attempt to synthesize the state’s giant and sprawling past. It is a brave attempt, considering the restrictions placed on him by his publisher’s form: one slim volume. Fortunately, it is......

Viagra to your door via the Internet

Consider these recent developments: C. Everett Koop finally chucked the saint act and formed an alliance with Rite Aid, the drugstore chain, to sell prescription refills on the Internet. Longs Drugs announced it is moving online. One of Bill Gates' top lieutenants, Peter Neupert, resigned to join a venture with......

The Fat Man Sings

I hold my own out in front of me. My wrists are thin, a reminder of more slender times, but my forearms - they're meaty. They remind me not of thinner times but, rather, of how much the human arm can resemble the shank of a lamb, or cow or......

The Fat Man Sings

Nearly All Americans Will One Day Be Overweight, Researchers Predict.-Associated Press headline,May 29, 1998 May 1, 1998: My doctor tells me - without me asking - that "maybe I should think" about a new obesity drug. Name: Meridia. "They're not hyping it like they did Redux," he says. "It's maybe......
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