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Radio Lab: Diagnosis

01/30/10 4:00PM

 

(AP Photo/K. Rivoli)

 

What's in a name? Everything, if that name is carcinoma, or Alzheimer's, or AIDS. But how does the act of naming a condition hurt or help? We hear the story of a young man who's been keeping his mental disorder a secret from his family. A fireman tells us how his job is to read a building's wounds and diagnose intent (arson or accident?). We step behind the curtain that divides doctors and patients and find the complicated mix of empathy and gallows humor that resides there. And we ponder what MRI technology can really tell us about psychological conditions.

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