[In the News]

In the JAMA Working with four critical care physicians and a biostatistician, Professor of Economics John Rapoport studied the utilization of pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC) in 10,217 patients who received care at thirty-four intensive care units (ICUs) in the United States in 1998. Rapoport and his colleagues coauthored an article on their research in the May 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The group's study, Patient Characteristics and ICU Organizational Factors That Influence Frequency of Pulmonary Artery Catheterization, examined a wide variety of factors influencing the use of PAC, an invasive medical procedure used with many critically ill patients. According to Rapoport, PAC's effectiveness has never been proven in a random controlled trial, and recent evidence indicated that the technique may not be beneficial--in fact, patients who get it are more likely to die than patients who do not. The group found that PAC is used more on whites than on minorities; it is used more on patients with private insurance than on those without this coverage; and it is used less in intensive care units controlled by full-time critical care specialists than in ICUs staffed in other ways. The authors call for further study in developing medical policies for the use of this procedure.

Making International Headlines Two major foreign newspapers have carried stories recently on the strength of leading women's colleges in the United States. An April 28 article in the Tokyo-Chunichi Shimbun quoted MHC senior Jennifer Adams of Hartford,Vermont, on her thoughts on the unique strengths of women's institutions. The day before, Die Zeit, one of Germany's foremost dailies, published a story, "Schule der Frauen!," which discussed the continuing strength of Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, and others of the Seven Sisters. Eva Paus, MHC professor of economics and codirector of the Weissman Center for Leadership, was quoted in that story, discussing how women's colleges are important vehicles for moving women into positions of power within our society.


The Other American Multitalented historian and Director for Corporations and Foundations Tara Fitzpatrick reviewed a new book about Michael Harrington by Maurice Isserman for the April 30 issue of the Chicago Tribune. The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington is a biography of the highly influential social reformer, whose efforts to expose poverty in the United States in the early 1960s had a profound effect on the domestic policies of President Lyndon Johnson and others. In Fitzpatrick's deft review, she details the struggle that Harrington and other socialists faced in trying to bridge the gaps created by the Vietnam War between student radicals and other members of the New Left and many older leaders of the Democratic Party and the labor movement.


Air Garvey The April 30 issue of the Los Angeles Times featured a profile/interview with FAA administrator Jane Garvey, who talked about the challenges of keeping the United States airborne. Garvey received a master's degree from MHC in 1969, the Times noted.