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February 2004 Issue


Your guide to the top up-and-coming doctors in 20 specialties — and the best hospitals.

Nursing shortages. Surgical blunders. Crippling insurance costs. Healthcare is in a critical state these days. Our prognosis for the Massachusetts healthcare system — supposedly one […]

More community hospitals are performing profitable procedures. But are they putting your health at risk?

Roger Desrochers has had three heart attacks and two open-heart surgeries in the last 18 years. But when it came time to schedule his most […]

Psychics. Astrologers. Mediums. Spiritualists. They do an unexpectedly good business in this city of lab-coated rationalists and Oliver Wendell Holmes. But can they really tell the future? A trip to a mystic river awaits a skeptical writer who thinks card

In man' attempts to rise above the common bug, he' dubbed himself the Talker, the Tool-User, the Artist. The Murderer. And, of course, the Image […]

Many professionals have become the target of collection agencies' last resort. Lexuses, Beemers, Lincolns — doesn't matter. His hook is out and your time is up.

An eerie haze has settled over Salem. The sky is a depressing gray, there's a bone-chilling damp to the air, and a biting northeast wind […]

Once the Boston equivalent of Martin and Malcolm, two black ministers — and former red-blooded antagonists — have banded together on an unlikely crusade.

When the Reverend Eugene Rivers III took the podium in the ballroom of the Fairmont Copley Plaza during a small, private affair, hell was no […]

The history of Western civilization is decorated with syrupy images of cute, cuddly animals displayed to manipulative effect. Our culture' obsession with — at times, near-rabid love for — furry and feathered friends has grown so great, we'd be

Pet Adoption The organizations listed here house all kinds of animals for adoption, provide community education, have reputations for good treatment, and have low-kill (or […]


Though grenache gives performances all over the world, she has often been overlooked for leading roles. Until now.

With the 76th annual Academy Awards airing this year on the evening of Leap Day, I take pleasure in knowing that I have 24 extra […]