Nicholas Lemann discusses the origins and mission of Columbia Global Reports on The Low Down podcast, which also features interviews with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, author of The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen, and Sasha Issenberg, author of Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism.
Among the regular cast of characters who populate the pages of Hungary’s newspapers and magazines, the one whose fame is hardest to understand in a country long proud of its disproportionate share of Olympic medals and Nobel Prizes may be the man usually identified simply as the prime minister’s dentist. Bela Batorfi’s rise to fame can… more
The Tokushukai Medical Corporation operates more than 280 hospitals in Japan, enough for the company to often find itself described as the world’s largest hospital chain. In 2006, Tokushukai opened its first overseas facility, in Bulgaria, and I had been prepared for its incongruity amid the dreary blocks south of Sofia’s downtown. “If you drive… more
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