The NIH Record

March 23, 1999
Vol. LI, No. 6

NIAID Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Student Program

Fellows Honored at
Wednesday Poster Sessions

High-Tech Brings
Healthy People Review Nationwide

NIH Smoking Policy
Enters Next Phase

News Briefs

New Appointments


Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

Civil Rights Take Center Stage
NLM Program Examines African-
American Health Care, Voting Issues

By Carla Garnett

A little girl, call her Audre, has her first experience with medical care at the age of 3 or 4. During an eye exam, her eyes are probed coldly by an apathetic physician. Without explanation, she is exposed to medical instruments and procedures that are uncomfortable and painful. Before she leaves the office, a frightened and miserable Audre overhears the doctor and his associates discussing her "peculiar eyes" and otherwise ridiculing her, "From the looks of her, she's probably simple, too." Would her first impressions of medical care be lasting? Further, what impact would the experience have on Audre as she seeks medical care throughout the rest of her life?
M O R E . . .

NIH Black History Month Observance includes dancing. See sidebar inside.

Stress — It Might Be Even Worse Than
You Think

By Alison Davis

The dashboard clock reads 7:55 a.m. and you're trapped in traffic, miles from your office. Despite leaving earlier than usual, there is absolutely no chance you'll arrive on time for that important 8 a.m. meeting. In addition to coping with such routine annoyances of our busy lives, 9 out of 10 of us will experience a much more serious stress or — a life-threatening event such as a car accident or an act of personal violence such as a rape or mugging. Fifty percent of us will encounter two such events.
M O R E . . .