Every year, talented Hadassah doctors are presented with exciting and challenging possibilities of pursuing their education and research abroad. Because we believe good medicine thrives on exposure to ideas, we encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity and assist them when we can.
It's interesting to ponder whether the world we see in the movies reflects reality or if what is portrayed becomes part of our perceptions. For those of us who practice medicine, we have to wonder if the doctors who appear on the screen bear any resemblance to the doctors we know.
We have all heard stories about people awakening from comas and recounting conversations they heard while they were "under." Yet, much of the information we have about the brain functions of comatose people is anecdotal; much of the medical knowledge is based on subjective assessments and - until recently - there have not been any objective clinical measurements.
The date was June 6th. The year 1967. Teddy Kolleck was the Mayor of Jerusalem; Prof. Kalman J. Mann, the Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. The Israel Defense Forces had just recaptured Mount Scopus where the buildings of Hadassah's first hospital and the nearby Hebrew University lay abandoned.