Eileen McNamara

Scott Harshbarger: Harsh Reality

HE’LL BE BACK on your doorstep soon, bearing pie charts and reform proposals, looking for any sign that you are as committed as he is. But you’re going to break Scott Harshbarger’s heart again, aren’t you, Massachusetts? This past fall,…

Four Loko Madness

IT HAS BEEN A BUSY FEW WEEKS at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Thirty-two years after the painkiller propoxyphene was first linked to thousands of fatal heart attacks and accidental overdoses, the FDA finally got around to banning it….

The Getaway

FORGET THE "CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND." If we cared that much about “inappropriate relationships” between powerful men and young subordinates, Bill Clinton wouldn’t continue to be such a big draw. Forget the humiliated wife, a stroke survivor in late middle age….

In Defense of Martha

LAST JANUARY, MARTHA COAKLEY lost a special election to an affable fellow with a handsome face, a thin résumé, and an independent streak, a defeat that got her branded as the worst campaigner in American history. “The Incredible Incompetence of…

Bad Medicine

IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM, a doctor is trying to save a 39-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds. In the nursery, nurses are weaning a newborn from opiates transmitted during pregnancy. In pediatrics, what initially looks like a simple case of…

Ill Wind

IT WAS ONE OF THE SUMMER’S best-attended social gatherings on Martha’s Vineyard, and there was not a Lilly Pulitzer dress or a pair of Nantucket Reds in the room. No talk of the Edgartown Yacht Club’s annual ’Round the Island…

Teenage Wasteland

WHAT IF PHOEBE PRINCE had brought a knife to school? What if she had turned her despair on a classmate instead of on herself? What if the 15-year-old had not killed herself but had stabbed to death a girl she…