Primary Care

Patients, legally, now have online access to all their clinical records. But full transparency is still a work in progress.

Peter L. Slavin and Timothy G. Ferris discuss a shortage of primary care physicians and how to address the problem.

Long the bedrock of medicine, the practice of primary care has been in need of a reinvention. Several models show promise. None of them will be cheap.

Should primary care physicians be trained to spot unusual, medically important cases?

Physician-chef Rani Polak explains why clinicians should learn cooking skills—and teach them to patients.

Talking and texting while driving cost hundreds of lives every year. Should physicians intervene before those accidents happen?

Telehealth could be coming to a computer near you.

MGH’s pioneering telestroke network brings virtual consultations to outlying hospitals

Many doctors and patients still swear by an annual visit. But this expensive habit may not be the best way to head off disease.

Top Stories

In 1922 the Berlin woman became the first to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

A century ago, chemist Søren Sørensen invented what would become a crucial diagnostic tool: the pH scale.

A novel coronavirus would come to affect every ward, clinician, researcher and patient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Selected Reads

For decades, a tiny encampment of researchers has held that statin treatment is a hoax. In a time when contrarian views roar to life on social media, how can medicine keep minority opinions from doing irreparable harm?

Two years in deep space will subject the body to unprecedented stresses. Scientists are probing the secrets to survival.

A freak explosion tore through the quiet Nova Scotian city, prompting one of the most dramatic medical responses in history.