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Produced in the Office of Medical Public Affairs. Volume XXXVIII, Number 4. Outlook (ISSN 1042-2897) is published quarterly by the Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8508, 4444 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.


Joseph A. Borrelli, Jr., MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, is among a select group of surgeons nationwide who perform complex and technically demanding acetabular (hip) fracture repair. The devastating injury results from "high-energy" trauma and requires extensive rehabilitation. Learn more

A-Maze-ing heart surgery
Researchers are studying a safer and easier way to treat patients who have the most common form of irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation. PLUS: Animated illustration

Bad Breaks
The worst kind of fractures—those from high-speed motor vehicle accidents and falls—get the best kind of treatment.

Minding Human Medical Research
One for all and all for one describes the highly successful relationship between university investigators and those who choose to participate in human research.

You Go, Girl!
One small child defies the odds by learning to walk—as part of the new Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Program.

The New Microbiology
Technical advances of the past half-century have turned the study of microbiology into a whole new ballgame.

Picture Page
St. Louis Children's Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is building fun.