Charles Horton

Charles Horton is a graduate of the WJI Mid-Career Course.

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More equal than others?

Life | When society decides killing is a ‘cure’
by Charles Horton
Posted 4/26/18, 03:17 pm

When I called to discuss my bill for a few lab tests for my medical practice, the on-hold recording included an advertisement for a “noninvasive prenatal screen.” The lab company’s website elaborated that the “timely information about your fetus’ chromosomal makeup ... can help you make decisions with your healthcare provider.”

What sort of decisions would those be?

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Well-versed tunes

Music | Christian parody band puts Biblical message into familiar songs
by Charles Horton
Posted 4/12/18, 08:39 am

Only one band’s music has played on both The 700 Club and The Howard Stern Show: ApologetiX, “That Christian Parody Band.” Lead singer J. Jackson—his full first name is known only to his family—has rewritten everything from Elvis and the Beatles to Linkin Park and Eminem. He describes the results as “a cross between Weird Al [Yankovic] and Billy Graham,” but he didn’t set out with that goal: He wrote his first parodies to entertain high-school friends at parties, getting the idea of rewriting songs from a bully who’d done it to tease him.

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Physicians in white

Medicine | What happens when old doctors’ skills fade, fade away?
by Charles Horton
Posted 1/17/18, 07:16 pm

A new law will allow Japan’s Emperor Akihito, who would otherwise have had to serve for life, to abdicate; he plans to step down in 2019 at the age of 85. This extreme approach to tenure contrasts with America’s federal judges: Firing one would take a (literal) act of Congress, but they’re free to leave whenever they choose.

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