The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
When I was a boy, tobacco advertisements on television were ubiquitous. Such ads worked to introduce millions of young people to the smoking habit.
During those years Chesterfield brought out a new cigarette one millimeter longer than the conventional brands. It was christened “101,” and marketed as “a silly millimeter longer.” To this day I can still recall the jingle inside my head.
What difference does one millimeter make after all? In the world of contemporary tobacco sales one millimeter counts for little (the brand was retired long ago), but in the world of medical science a millimeter is anything but silly. >>more
Brian T. Maurer has practiced pediatrics as a Physician Assistant for thirty years. His "Marginal Notes" column appears periodically in the Cell2Soul Blog. The title "Marginal Notes" is taken from a quote by Henry David Thoreau: "I love a broad margin to my life."
This documentary produced by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy and narrated by Sean Penn chronicles the unraveling of a small town's justice system. The main
characters in this new non-fiction film are working class parents, moms
and dads, who were all wrongly convicted of child molestation in the
early 1980s in the town of Bakersfield, California. Each of these
falsely convicted people was recklessly pursued by the same Kern County
District Attorney who remains in office today. "Witch Hunt" is a true
crime drama, where the real criminals were the authorities, themselves.
Starting in 1984 at
the height of child molestation hysteria, the local District Attorney
used this sensational crime in order to get himself elected by preying
on these innocent families and convincing an easily swayed public of
their crimes. These innocent citizens served unwarranted lengthy prison
time from 6 years to 20 years in some of California's most horrendous
prisons, ultimately resulting in tremendous hardships for themselves
and their loved ones leaving everyone emotionally and psychologically
damaged for life. Miraculously, after lengthy court battles and the
uncovering of evidence left out of the initial trials, each person was
finally exonerated. However, they have yet to receive an apology from
those who wrongfully convicted them. "Witch Hunt" promises to be a
heart-wrenching story about wrongful persecution, an unbalanced justice
system, coercion, and at the same time, endurance and hope that this
type of injustice can be stopped.
It is the story of
John Stoll, Jeffrey Modahl, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, Marcella and Rick
Pitts, Jack and Jackie Cummings and their children and families whose
lives were ruined and turned upside down for decades by a system they
trusted. John Stolll and Jeff
Modahl have now dedicated their lives to helping other falsely
convicted innocents to get their day in court.
"Witch Hunt" is directed and produced by first time feature
filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. The film is narrated and
executive produced by Oscar winner Sean Penn ("Mystic River").