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“For epidemiological studies and diagnosis, Dr. John Phair (left) uses the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This is the most widely used serologic test to detect antibodies to the HIV.”

Old Magazines Capture an Era in Medicine

The 1988 issues of Ward Rounds, the medical school’s magazine at the time, provide a glimpse into the state of medicine 30 years ago. The spring issue describes efforts by Northwestern faculty to battle a “new” disease — AIDS — not only through activities in laboratories and clinics, but also in educating healthcare practitioners and members of the public across Illinois. “Physicians wonder how we can work with AIDS patients when it’s such a profoundly disturbing disease — it involves the terminally ill and it has negative moral implications,” explained one faculty member quoted in the story. “More people are needed who can approach this problem from a balanced point of view — and have a healthy respect for the individual.”

Another article celebrates the first babies born as a result of in vitro fertilization at Northwestern-affiliated hospitals. The fall issue, meanwhile, describes a press conference heralding a new innovation, lithotripsy to fragment gallstones, after “the first procedure of its kind in Illinois” was performed that June.

Left: “Kevin Hill is lucky to have four parents. Steven and Nancy Hill (bottom) are his real parents, but Dr. John Rinehart and Dr. Marybeth Gerrity (top) played key roles in bringing Kevin into this world.” Right: “Guenter Dotter (standing) of Dornier Medical Systems watches Dr. David Nahrwold perform Illinois’ first lithotripsy procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.”