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14. Jul/Aug 2014

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How Botox Can Solve the Depression Epidemic

One in 10 American adults struggles with depression, and women are twice as susceptible as men. Is facial paralysis the answer?

The Organ Detective: A Career Spent Uncovering a Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh

Tracking the organ trade, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes visited African and South American dialysis units, organ banks, police morgues, and hospitals. She interviewed surgeons, patient’s rights activists, pathologists, nephrologists, and nurses. So why aren’t more people listening to her?

Is the Quest to Build a Kinder, Gentler Surgeon Misguided?

Surgery is a fundamentally messy and stressful activity. When being a few millimeters off target can be life-changing, a surgeon needs to possess fierce concentration, unrelenting perfectionism, and, above all, staunch self-assurance.

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Shelf Help

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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Bad Feminist, XL Love, and The Birth of Korean Cool.

Prospector

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How the Other Half Lifts: What Your Workout Says About Your Social Class

Why can’t triathletes and weightlifters get along?

Life in the Data

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On the Destinations of Species

It’s almost always easier to cross international borders if you’re something other than human.

Economics Essays

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Sequenced in the U.S.A.: A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA

The new American economy in three tablespoons of blood, a Walmart gift card, and a former mill town’s DNA.

Quick Studies

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The Upside of Economic Downturns: Better Childhood Health

For children, the benefits of being born in tough times can outweigh the costs.

Subculture

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The Vintage People

The latest entry in a series on subculture in America.

Prospector

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Bathing Suits Over Baghdad

Swim lessons in international waters.

Book Reviews

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The Searchers: Amateur Web Sleuths Are Teaming Up to Solve Cold Cases Online

An old American obsession—the rogue detective’s urge to crack the case—finds a new outlet.

Features

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Is the Quest to Build a Kinder, Gentler Surgeon Misguided?

Surgery is a fundamentally messy and stressful activity. When being a few millimeters off target can be life-changing, a surgeon needs to possess fierce concentration, unrelenting perfectionism, and, above all, staunch self-assurance.

Quick Studies

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When Stereotypes Cancel Each Other Out

In many situations, black men find themselves at a disadvantage. Gay men, too. But black gay men?

In the Picture

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In the Picture: Working Out in Ukraine, Cybernetics, and Hygienic Recommendations

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.

Prospector

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Can’t Rent Me Love: One Woman’s Battle Against Pet Fads

Humans are hardwired to go jelly-kneed around creatures with kinderschema—infant traits like big eyes, big head, and small body. Can we resist it?

Book Reviews

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The Truman Show Delusion: Can Culture Make Us Crazy?

Two brothers—a philosopher and a doctor—attempt to explain the cultural roots of madness.

Features

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The Organ Detective: A Career Spent Uncovering a Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh

Tracking the organ trade, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes visited African and South American dialysis units, organ banks, police morgues, and hospitals. She interviewed surgeons, patient’s rights activists, pathologists, nephrologists, and nurses. So why aren’t more people listening to her?

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

Quick Studies

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The Ongoing Mental Health Benefits of Neighborhood Diversity

Diverse neighborhoods, it turns out, aren’t just conducive to hipsters.

Conference Call

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3 Conferences Taking Place in July and August That Are Worth Attending

From “The Wisdom of Music” to “The Human and Animal Bond,” academic gatherings you should be aware of.

Prospector

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The Decline of the Physical Exam in Modern Medicine

Doctors today are too uncomfortable with uncertainty.

Social Networking

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Social Networking: Letters and Other Responses to Our May/June 2014 Print Issue

Join the conversation by visiting our Facebook or Google+ page, or sending us a message on Twitter. You can also follow our regular updates on LinkedIn and subscribe to our print edition.

Contributors

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Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

Introducing Richard McNally, Amanda Wilson, Ethan Watters, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Wen Shen.

Features

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How Botox Can Solve the Depression Epidemic

One in 10 American adults struggles with depression, and women are twice as susceptible as men. Is facial paralysis the answer?

Culture Essays

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Can Watching TV Improve Your Health?

Public health wonks have figured out how to influence Hollywood writers: Don’t call them, they’ll call you.

From the Editor

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Editor’s Letter: Your Medical Issue

Introducing the July/August 2014 Issue of Pacific Standard.

A weekly roundup of the best of Pacific Standard and PSmag.com, delivered straight to your inbox.

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Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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